Napoli fan banned 5 years after Italian Cup final incident

Napoli ultras leader Gennaro De Tommaso, perched on the railing, has been given a five-year stadium ban for inciting violence at Saturday's Coppa Italia final.
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ROME (AP) - A Napoli fan has been banned from attending matches for five years in the wake of violent scenes which marred Saturday's Italian Cup final and left a fellow supporter fighting for his life.

Violence flared before and during the match between Napoli and Fiorentina, which was delayed by 40 minutes and only went ahead after Napoli captain Marek Hamsik talked with the fans before kickoff in an effort to calm them.

The Napoli ultras leader who negotiated with Hamsik and police has been given the stadium ban for inciting violence. Gennaro De Tommaso was pictured wearing a T-shirt with the words `Speziale Libero' calling for the release of the Catania fan who threw a concrete block which killed a police officer in 2007.

Napoli went on to beat Fiorentina 3-1.

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