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Europa League: Supporters praised over Napoli game

Napoli players clap their supporters at the end of the match Image copyright AP
Image caption Napoli players clap their supporters at the end of the match which finished 0-0

Police have praised fans after Swansea City's Europa League match against Italian side Napoli at the Liberty Stadium passed without incident.

About 800 Italian supporters travelled to south Wales, after previous European matches involving Napoli had seen crowd trouble.

A large police presence was in place in and around the stadium for Thursday's round of 32 first leg which ended 0-0.

But South Wales Police confirmed no arrests had been made.

Match commander Supt Phil Davies said: "This was the highest profile European fixture played at the Liberty Stadium and there was a large policing operation in place to ensure the safety of the public and those in attendance at the game.

"The fact that there have been no arrests and no ejections from the stadium is a reflection of the planning which has gone into the policing of this game between the police and the clubs.

"The feedback we have received from the UEFA delegation tonight is that this was an excellent policing and security operation which I think everyone involved in can be extremely proud of."

The Swans reached the last 32 of the Europa League by finishing second in their group, while Napoli entered the competition after being knocked out of the Champions League.

Bus convoy

Swansea fans travelling to the second leg in Italy next week have been told to take care following previous violent incidents in Naples.

Fans are being urged to travel in groups, avoid public transport and not wear club colours away from the ground.

A convoy of free buses will travel from the port area to the Stadio San Paolo where match tickets and ID will be needed.

The buses are being laid on to avoid known hot-spots for trouble such as the Forcella and Quartieri Spagnoli area.

Supporters travelling on buses from Rome and Sorrento will also be escorted to the ground.

Advice for visiting supporters to Naples is not uncommon given problems with the Italian side's hardcore fans.

In 2010, Liverpool followers were stabbed, chased and threatened ahead of a Europa League match in the city.

This season Napoli were warned they could be forced to play matches behind closed doors after trouble when they hosted Marseille.

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