Sunday May 4 2014
Mother 'forgives' Napoli fan shooter

Ciro Esposito, the Napoli fan shot by a Roma ultra, underwent surgery today and his mother has “forgiven” the shooter.

Esposito was shot in the torso by 48-year-old Roma ultra Daniele De Santis before last night’s Coppa Italia Final between Napoli and Fiorentina.

Police released a statement confirming he was a “lone lunatic,” and not acting on behalf of any fan group, as he had not been to games for several years.

Esposito remains in critical condition, but today underwent surgery that lasted over four hours and medics said the procedure went “very, very well.”

The 29-year-old’s parents came up from Naples to be close to their son at the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome, as yesterday he had three cardiac arrests and was ‘clinically dead’ at one point.

“My son is an exceptional boy who was the victim of an ambush,” said mother Antonella.

“The medics told us Ciro has little chance of regaining use of his legs. I have already forgiven the man who shot him, but I still cannot conceive of what he did.

“We must be united as a country. We are honest people from Scampia, my son is not a thief or a member of the Camorra, which is what I heard some media say.”

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