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Nick Pisa, in Naples

Two Liverpool fans are in hospital with stab wounds after clashes overnight in Naples, it has emerged.

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A number of Liverpool fans were attacked in Italy overnight

Italian police and British consular staff in the crime-ridden southern port city said there had been a series of skirmishes during the night.

The fighting comes ahead of Liverpool's Europa League game at the San Paolo Stadium.

In the most serious cases, a 53-year-old man from Liverpool and a 27-year-old man from Blackpool suffered knife wounds across the buttocks and upper thighs.

The two were attacked in the historic city centre close to the infamous Forcella district, the heartland of the local Naples Mafia, known as the Camorra.

Blighted by crime, the area is generally off-limits to tourists.

In other clashes, a man aged 44, from Liverpool, also suffered knife wounds after being slashed across the buttocks, but refused treatment.

Three Naples fans were arrested after allegedly assaulting Liverpool followers with sticks in another part of the city.

And police said a Naples local who tried to intervene and break up the fight was himself beaten by the thugs.

In another incident, a group of British tourists mistaken for fans were also targeted by a group of stone-throwing youths as they ate in a pizzeria, but none were injured.

A spokesman for the British consulate in Naples said: "We have had reports of various incidents across the city and three people have been stabbed.

"Two Liverpool supporters suffered knife wounds and will be kept in hospital for a few days and probably miss the match.

"Another supporter was also stabbed but he discharged himself because he wanted to go to the match.

"Three other fans suffered minor injuries after being assaulted and we are working with police to keep an eye on things."

A Naples police spokesman said three locals had been held in connection with the attacks.

The two stabbed men were being treated at the city's Loreto Mare hospital.

Officials say around 1,000 Liverpool supporters are expected for the game.


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