Serie A: Napoli fans banned from attending Juventus clash in Turin

Napoli supporters have been banned from attending their Serie A clash at Juventus in order to avoid crowd trouble.

Reuters October 22, 2016 14:19:29 IST
Serie A: Napoli fans banned from attending Juventus clash in Turin

Turin: Napoli supporters have been banned from attending their Serie A clash at Juventus on 29 October and the away section of the stadium will be closed in order to avoid crowd trouble, Turin's city authority announced on Friday.

Serie A Napoli fans banned from attending Juventus clash in Turin

Juventus' purchase of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli could be the cause of crowd trouble. AFP

The ban affects all residents in the region of Campania, where Naples is situated, as well as all registered supporters of Napoli, the Turin prefect said in a statement.

The city's security committee for sports events proposed the ban "due to the heated rivalry between the two clubs, which already developed in the past into seriously critical situations for public order".

The away section of the stadium was closed when the two sides met in Turin and Naples last season for the same reason.

The fixture will be Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain's first match against his former club since he completed an acrimonious €90 million ($97.82 million) transfer before the start of season.

The move infuriated a section of Napoli's fans, who tore up pictures of the 28-year-old and set fire to club shirts with his name on.

Table toppers Juventus travel to third-placed AC Milan on Saturday while Napoli, fifth in the standings, face bottom club Crotone on Sunday.

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