Naples descended into chaos on Wednesday evening as hooligans battled with police ahead of Napoli’s Champions League tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fans of the German club had been banned from attending the game at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium amid security fears, but hundreds of hardcore Eintracht fans nevertheless arrived in the city.
Several hours before kick-off, a huge mob of Eintracht Frankfurt hooligans descended on the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo in the centre of Naples, with a heavy police presence on hand. Then a group of about 130 Napoli hooligans appeared and violence and chaos ensued.
Several cars, including one police car, were set on fire and riot cops came under attack with flares, chairs and other objects as the two groups tried to get at each other.
After the situation was calmed, the German fans were put on buses and driven to their hotels.
Eight people – five Italians and three Germans – have so far been arrested.