Fans attending the Champions League clash between Man City and Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo will have to leave their belts at home due to UEFA’s belt ban.
The ban was issued following the riot that broke out in a Manchester pub after the Cityzens’ home clash against the Italian giants. Following the attack, a Napoli fan has been jailed for five months due to his involvement in the clash. It was later reported that the riot had involved the usage of belts as weapons.
Naturally, UEFA have decided to to ban belts, in order to prevent any further encounters that may damage other people or public areas. Though the action is certainly bizarre, it makes perfect sense.
Nevertheless, most fans will be focused on the match, where the Naples-based giants would look to best their opponents after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad.
Though City are yet to taste defeat this season, the Italians certainly look well prepared coming into the fixture with an away goal in hand. The Sky Blues travel to Naples on Wednesday, and will be keen on maintaining their unbeaten run so far.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.