Napoli fan injured before Italian Cup final dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 6:31 am •  Published: June 25, 2014
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ROME (AP) — A Napoli fan died on Wednesday after being shot during the violence which marred the buildup to the Italian Cup final in May.

The Rome hospital where the 29-year-old Ciro Esposito was being treated, and his family both released statements confirming his death, 50 days after he was shot in the chest, allegedly by Roma fan Daniele De Santis.

Esposito was at the head of a group which ran to stop De Santis, after he was spotted apparently throwing paper bombs at a bus carrying Napoli fans.

"Our Ciro heard the scared cries of children who, with their families, wanted to see a football match," the statement from the family said. "Ciro died to save others.

"We ask the institutions to do their part. Daniele De Santis wasn't alone. We want his accomplices to be identified and sent to justice."

The family has asked for those who made mistakes in organizing public safety to be punished.

"First of all, the Rome prefect who didn't protect the safety of the Napoli fans," the statement added.

"We ask the prime minister to ascertain the politicians who could have a responsibility for what has happened. No one can give us back Ciro but we ask for justice in his name and not revenge."