It is difficult for supporters association FSV De Feijenoorder to estimate how many fans will be in Italy on Thursday. Local authorities are afraid that many Feyenoord fans will still travel to Rome to work with the hard core of Napoli, among other things. That reports the Italian Il Messaggero at least.
The supporters association expects that, despite the ban on away supporters, many Feyenoord supporters will still travel to Rome. “I think there will be hundreds and maybe even a thousand supporters in Rome,” Carli Klijn of the supporters association told the newspaper. AP. After the disturbances in 2015, when Feyenoord fans demolished a famous fountain in the capital of Italy, the mayor of Rome decided not to allow Feyenoord supporters. In response, supporters of AS Roma were also not allowed to come to Rotterdam last week.
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“I personally disagree with both decisions. But nowadays it is fashionable to keep supporters away from the away club. Last year around the Conference League final against AS Roma, I think there were only a few minor riots. But there were also tens of thousands of fans from both clubs in Tirana. You should know what happens on a regular night out in a bit of town. We were also not welcome at SC Cambuur on Sunday. But Feyenoord fans are inventive. You’ve probably heard them sing too,” says Klijn.
Link with Naples
The Neapolitan ultras have, according to many Italian media, including La Gazette and Il Messaggero, the Feyenoord supporters were invited to support the Champions League match between Napoli and AC Milan on Tuesday evening. In Naples they also do not have a good relationship with Roma and the supporters groups of Napoli and Feyenoord seem to like each other, after a banner was stolen by Red Star Belgrade fans and the hard cores would have helped each other to get that banner back. In an interview with the Italian news agency Ansa Lamberto Giannini, head of the Roman police, already said that everything is being done to manage the situation.
The return between AS Roma and Feyenoord starts on Thursday at 9 p.m. Feyenoord defends a 1-0 lead from the first leg. The winner of this match qualifies for the semi-finals of the Europa League.