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Napoli fan banned from attending matches for 5 years after violence mars Italian Cup final
ROME - 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 outside the ground hosting a Sicilian derby match against Palermo in 2007.
De Tommaso successfully appealed a similar ban in the past.
There were worse scenes before the match as a shooting saw four fans hospitalized, and one of the injured Napoli supporters remains in critical condition.
Ciro Esposito is still in a medically-induced coma following a second operation on Monday night. The 29-year-old underwent abdominal surgery following a first operation on his spinal cord.
The head physician of the intensive care unit where Esposito is being treated told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport that "his life is hanging by a thread."
Roma fan Daniele De Santis fired the four shots and was arrested for alleged attempted murder. He is also still in hospital.
Napoli went on to beat Fiorentina 3-1.
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