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More Swedes stabbed in Naples hooligan attack

Attacks by hardcore fans of Serie A side Napoli left three more Swedes hurt following a Europa League match Thursday in the southern Italian port city, reports said.

More Swedes stabbed in Naples hooligan attack

According to the ANSA news agency, the attacks occurred following Napoli’s 4-0 win over Swedish side AIK Solna in Group F of Europe’s second tier club event.

Police told the news agency the Swedish supporters were having dinner in Piazza Borsa after 11:00 pm when they were approached by a group whose faces were covered.

Two were stabbed in the buttock and leg and the third victim was admitted to hospital for tests. The wounds were believed not to be life threatening.

On Thursday police launched a hunt for what they called “pseudo fans” of Napoli who stabbed two Swedes and the owner of the pizzeria where they were eating after an ambush late on Wednesday night.

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

Naples police superintendent Luigi Merolla called the first attacks an isolated incident.

But he also likened them to similar incidents in the town in 2010 when hardcore “ultras” left three supporters of Liverpool in hospital with stab wounds.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the AIK football club, Gabriella Blombäck, denied that the previous attacks were supporter related.

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

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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.
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