Updates from Sunday, May 4
Gabriele Marcoti of the Times provides a synopsis of the press conference held by Rome police discussing yesterday's shooting:
Rome pollice press conference: Shooter (Daniele De Santis) fired 4 shots at Napoli fans. Gun jammed. Then badly beaten by Napoli supporters— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) May 4, 2014
Rome cops: "As far as we can tell, De Santis is a lone lunatic. Acted alone. No plan to flee or get away with it. Nobody with him."— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) May 4, 2014
Rome cops: "Napoli asked permission for Hamsik to speak to fans. To tell them Fiorentina not involved in shooting + fan was not dead."— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) May 4, 2014
Rome cops: "We knew De Santis well. Has a long rap sheet. Roma fan, but hadn't been to games in years."— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) May 4, 2014
De Santis (shooter) + Ciro Esposito (shot Napoli fan in critical condition) both at same hospital right now.— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) May 4, 2014
Sky Sport Italia reports Roma fans now fear traveling to other matches:
Chaos ensued prior to the Italian Cup Final between Napoli and Fiorentina Saturday in Rome, Italy as at least two people were reportedly shot.
According to Rob Harris of the Associated Press, a fan and a police officer were shot, and the fan is currently in critical condition:
Rome: Fan & police officer shot ahead of Italian Cup final (Napoli-Fiorentina). Fan in serious condition http://t.co/UgcQlY1eJa— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 3, 2014
Per Football Italia on Twitter, four injuries occurred during the incident:
The police later updated the status of the injured fans (via Laure James of Sky Sports)
Italian police confirm those involved in clashes are alive. An organised crime incident and Coppa final an opportunity to cause trouble.— Laure James (@LaureJames) May 3, 2014
As seen in this photo, courtesy of Terrace Life on Twitter, the reported shooting made for a wild scene outside of Stadio Olimpico:
Football fan and a police officer have been shot in Rome ahead of the Italian cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina pic.twitter.com/EYDDyfxbXO— Terrace Life (@TerraceLife_) May 3, 2014
Jerrad Peters of Bleacher Report reports that the unrest and violence have spilled over into the stadium:
A match steward has been hit by a rocket fired by the Napoli ultras.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) May 3, 2014
Hamsik, having addressed the ultras, is returning to the dressing room.— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) May 3, 2014
Jorge Arango of the Telegraph reports that the violence was between Napoli and Roma fans, not Napoli and Fiorentina fans:
Rai Sport reported that Roma and Napoli ultras clashed outside stadium. This news is being confirmed by police.— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 3, 2014
It is unclear if club affiliation had anything to do with the dangerous situation that occurred, but there is no question that tensions were heightened.
Napoli and Fiorentina players will now be faced with the difficult task of playing after such a disturbing incident. Napoli are favored due to their third-place standing in the league, but Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella made it clear heading into the match that he wanted to finish the season on a high note, per Sky Sports.
"We want to win the Coppa Italia and finish fourth in the league," Montella said. "It has been a difficult season due to injuries and my team has done an extraordinary job."
With such a significant distraction to worry about, Montella will certainly have his work cut out for him.
Napoli and Fiorentina players have now been indirectly shouldered with the burden of taking people's minds off what happened outside the stadium.
Perhaps the two teams will be able to provide a momentary distraction, but there is no question that those who were present for the alleged shooting have bigger things to worry about.
Huge football matches are always ripe for these kinds of dangerous occurrences, but hopefully, this is an outlier rather than a trend.
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