AIK fans in Naples ‘hooligan’ stabbing

Two Swedish football fans and the owner of the pizzeria where they were eating in Naples were stabbed overnight in an apparent attack by Napoli hooligans, Italian media reported on Thursday.

The two fans, a 41-year-old and a 23-year-old, were in the southern Italian port city as part of a group that was visiting from Sweden for the UEFA Europa League face-off between Napoli and AIK Solna later on Thursday.

The injuries sustained by the three men were to the legs and were not life threatening, local daily Il Mattino and ANSA news agency reported.

The reports said the pizzeria owner was injured while trying to defend the Swedish fans against “a group armed with baseball bats and knives”.

However, a spokesperson for AIK told Swedish tabloid Expressen that no Swedish fans had been injured in the incident.

“Several AIK supporters were sitting in a pizzeria and had an Italian friend with then. Then some others came by riding a vespa and cut the Italian friend and the restaurant owner in the leg,” said AIK spokesperson Gabriella Blombäck.

“It wasn’t an incident of supporter violence, but rather an example of what can happen in Naples.”

Blombäck was unable to confirm wither the “Italian friend” was also an AIK supporter.

According to Expressen, there are currently around 900 AIK fans in Naples to cheer the Stockholm club in its bid to advance in the Europa League.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.