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Friday August 1 2014
Roma-Napoli and derbies in daytime

Security concerns mean the Rome Derby and any games between Napoli and Roma must be early kick-offs.

The Osservatorio, which decides on the correct safety approach to each sporting event and has been known to change kick-off times even at late notice, made the ruling today.

There are particular concerns over the encounters between Napoli and Roma after the death of fan Ciro Esposito this summer.

In May the Napoli supporter was shot while on his way to the Coppa Italia Final against Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico by a local Roma ultra.

The refusal of a certain section of the Roma ultras to condemn the shooter means their next meeting on the field will be on high alert for possible ‘revenge’ attacks.

That game will be at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples on November 2 – which is also the Italian day marking those who have died.

The match at the Olimpico will be on April 4, but it is also entirely likely fans will be discouraged from travelling.

Roma-Lazio is set for the weekend of January 11 and May 24.

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