Liverpool urge fans to stay in hotels and ‘don’t wear red’ over safety fears

Liverpool supporters have been urged to remain in their respective hotels when landing in Naples ahead of their first Champions League clash of the new season.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be out to try and claim a seventh crown when they kick off their European campaign against Serie A giants Napoli on Wednesday evening (September 7) and a sell-out 2,736 fans have snapped up tickets to back the Reds overseas.

The landmark fixture is the first Champions League match Liverpool fans have attended since last season's final – where supporters were shockingly subjected to tear gas and police batons prior to the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

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Now, the club has warned supporters to be on their guard when travelling around the Mediterranean city and to avoid wearing red where possible. "Supporters arriving in Naples prior to matchday should remain in their respective hotel to drink and eat," tweeted official club channel @LFCHelp. "You are strongly advised not to wear team colours when travelling."

"Fans should not congregate in public areas and should avoid becoming isolated in areas away from the port area of the city. We strongly recommend you avoid the city centre. If you chose to visit, please beware that you may be targeted for theft, robbery, or assault.

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"As per the Italian authorities, you’re advised to always carry your valid photo ID. We recommend supporters take a picture of their passport and driving license in the event they are lost or stolen. This will help with obtaining a replacement passport if required."

Liverpool supporters were also warned against wearing club colours in advance of the previous meeting against Napoli in September 2019. However, two supporters were left needing medical attention when a group of Napoli ultras launched a horrifying attack on a group of fans ahead of kick-off.

The two men, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head whilst enjoying a quiet drink at a local bar after a group of males on scooters blitzed suspected Merseysiders with bottles and belts. The victims were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.


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