Napoli-Cagliari has been further fired up by news Genny a’ Carogna, the ultras leader who spoke to Marek Hamsik, is banned for five years.
The tension is sky high in the ultras community after the events of Saturday, when a Napoli supporter was shot by what turned out to be an ex-Roma ultra ahead of the Coppa Italia Final with Fiorentina.
The game only went ahead after captain Hamsik and the authorities spoke to the leader at the Stadio Olimpico, assuring him the shot fan was not dead and that Fiorentina were totally unconnected to the incident.
Late this afternoon it was announced that Gennaro De Tommaso, known as Genny a’ Carogna, has been given a five-year ban from attending stadiums.
It’s not the first time he has been given a Daspo – the Italian version of an ASBO – but in the past he had been able to successfully appeal the decision.
It is not entirely clear why he was banned, but it is likely to be because he was wearing a T-Shirt that read ‘Speziale Libero.’
It was a call to free Antonino Speziale, the Catania fan convicted of murdering a police officer outside the Catania-Palermo Derby in 2007.
The authorities today also released a statement warning “the displaying of any banners, signs, pennants, badges, t-shirts or anything printed that are deemed offensive or could incite violence will result in the non-starting or the suspension of the football match.
“This is in addition to action being taken against those responsible.”
There was also reportedly a raid today very close to the HQ of the Mastiffs, the ultras group Genny was in charge of.