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“Looks Like a Transformers Movie”- Fans Engage in Vandalism Ahead of Napoli vs Frankfurt Champions League Match as Soccer Fraternity Reacts

Published 03/16/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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UEFA Champions League round of 16 games concluded on Wednesday. Chelsea, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Napoli have made it to the quarter-finals. But violence marred Wednesday night ahead of the soccer game between Napoli and Frankfurt. 

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The violence resulted from traveling fans taking to the streets and throwing chairs and flares at Napoli riot police. Napoli ultra fans were also involved in the brawl that resulted in the chaos before the game. The first leg proved to be the catalyst for the incident in the city of Naples. Due to violence in the first leg, Napoli banned Frankfurt fans from entering the stadium and didn’t sell tickets to them.


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Despite this, Frankfurt ultra fans visited the city of Naples, and chaotic scenes started. The chaotic scenes have made the soccer fraternity react, with the majority of fans condemning the fans, causing the ruckus ahead of the game. 

Soccer fans condemn the Napoli and Frankfurt fans for violence

A few fans on social media compared the incident to action movies. One fan wrote“Looks like a transformers movie,” on Twitter, comparing the scenes in Naples to that in the film. Another fan thinks it’s a trailer for an action movie. 

Meanwhile, many fans condemned the actions of both sets of fans that resulted in the chaos. One of the fans criticized, saying don’t call yourself fans for acting violently. On the other hand, one social media user labeled the violent fans as moronic for destroying the beautiful city and hurting innocent people. 


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Fans also labeled the incidents as disgraceful and disgusting. One of the fans pointed out that soccer culture isn’t like this, and fans can cheer for their teams in other appropriate ways instead of destroying public property. 

It’s a given that UEFA will need to do what is needed for this turn of events, so such incidents won’t happen again in the future.

Napoli demolished Frankfurt to make it to the quarter-final


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The chaos before the game didn’t affect the Napoli team. They dominated the second leg like the first leg and registered a 3-0 win over the German side. Star striker Victor Osimhen scored a brace, and Piotr Zielinski scored the third from the spot to give a comfortable win to the Italian side.

The Partenopei are in significant form this season and made it to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. They will soon know their quarter-final opponent, with the draw set to take place this week. The draw will also take place for the semifinal and to know the home team for the final of the Champions League.


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Written by:

Nikhil Nibe


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Nikhil is a Soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He is a pharmaceutics graduate holding a PG degree in management with marketing as a specialization. A sales professional since 2011, he decided to change the course of his career into a sports writer to follow his passion for Soccer.
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