Saturday night’s 2014 Coppa Italia final between Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome got off to a very bad start as the match was delayed by a sprawling eruption of violence that started hours before outside Stadio Olimpico.
The violence resulted in at least four fans getting sent to the hospital, one of whom was shot in the chest. Beyond that, details are hazy, with some reports claiming that the violence was unrelated to the game, and varying reports circulating regarding who was responsible for starting what. But the bottom line is that this was a bad day for soccer fans, with at least three separate incidents of violence, including reports of a nailbomb going off near a store outside the stadium, all culminating in the 45 minute delay of the Coppa Italia kickoff.
As all this chaos was unfolding in and around the stadium in Rome, authorities debated canceling the game altogether, but eventually the game went on and Napoli won by a score of 3-1. In addition to some pictures of the chaos in the gallery up top, you can read a much more detailed account of Saturday’s violence here.
And here’s a video of the chaos posted on social media:
written by Joseph Gibson
Joseph is a freelance writer currently based in Austin, TX.