A LIVERPOOL fan was taken to hospital after being attacked while drinking with friends in Naples ahead of the Reds’ Champions League meeting with Napoli.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was injured in the early hours of yestersday when the group he was with were reportedly approached by a group of men on mopeds outside a bar near via Cesare Rosaroll in the city centre.
Supporters in the city told the ECHO that the young man suffered cuts to his face and legs but his injuries were not believed to be serious.
It is understood the fan and friends who were with him returned home rather than staying for the match, set to kick off at 8pm.
“One of them was taken to hospital but I think he’s ok.
“They had travelled from Leicester for the match but I’ve been told they’ve flew out today.”
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident involving a small group of Liverpool fans and a small group of males on mopeds last night, Tuesday 2 October.
“A male in his 20s was taken to hospital to be treated for minor cuts and bruises and released a short time later. Enquiries are ongoing.
Reds fans who flew over for the Champions League clash against Napoli were warned ahead of time not to wander off alone or use public transport – amid concerns for their safety.
Another fan posted on Twitter last night to say they had also encountered a large gang of locals that required police intervention.
Sam Straker said: “Had issues with Napoli fans.
“Was sitting in a bar and next thing I know there’s 50 outside. Police had to escort me back to the hotel.”