Ciro Esposito, the Napoli fan who was shot before May’s Coppa Italia final, has passed away.
The match between Fiorentina and the Partenopei last month was marred by violence, with several fans injured before the game in running battles outside the Stadio Olimpico.
And the most serious of those injuries was suffered by the 31-year-old, who was fired at by a supposed Roma fan.
Esposito spent 50 days in intensive care, but his family released a statement this morning revealing that Ciro had passed away.
“At 6 o’clock this morning, after an ordeal that lasted 50 days, our Ciro, a hero of the people, has gone.
“That damn May 3. The day our Ciro stepped on to the Via Tor di Quinto in Rome to save Napoli fans on a bus.
“Our Ciro heard the screams of children and their families, who just wanted to go and watch a game of football.
“Ciro died to save others. We ask the institutions to do their part. We want you to identify and bring to justice Daniele De Santis’ accomplices.
“No one can bring our Ciro back, but we want to thank all those who, over the last 50 days, have expressed their solidarity.
“Our heartfelt thanks to the medical staff and the Gemelli Hospital for their professionalism and humanity, and all those Neapolitans who have made us feel loved.
“Also, to the Napoli President and the Mayor of Naples – we send our gratitude.”