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Hooligans 'wanted to fight someone - anyone'

Paul Campbell, owner of the Piebury Corner pie shop, said the attack was "completely unprovoked".

He said:

We have had Napoli fans inside all day today, they have been having a good time and not bothering anybody at all. They have been no problem.

Then we had a minority of them come in, being violent, picking up chairs and tables.

There were three girls sat near me and these thugs just came in and grabbed the chairs from under the girls.

It was completely unprovoked, I think they just picked us at random because they saw a busy restaurant and they wanted to fight someone - anyone.

'Napoli hooligans' attack pie shop near Arsenal stadium

A pie shop near Arsenal's stadium was allegedly attacked by rival Italian supporters before this evening's Champions League match.

Piebury Corner, near the Emirates Stadium in north London, has had to close after dozens of thugs smashed windows, breaking chairs and swinging belts.

Witness Emily Gould, who works at the restaurant, said around 50 customers were inside the premises when a 30-strong mob of rival supporters stormed the building prior to kick-off.

She said: "I think they were Italian men with Napoli colours and scarves tied around their faces. They were shouting something in Italian, chanting and causing trouble down the street."

She said one man had to be taken to hospital with what she believed was a deep gash to the head after he was struck by a swinging belt buckle.

Police: Arsenal pie shop attack was 'football-related'

Napoli charged with match-fixing in Italian league game

Napoli's Paolo Cannavaro, picture here winning the Italian Cup final in May this year, is charged with not reporting an alleged fix. Credit: Reuters

Napoli have been charged over alleged match-fixing in a game against Sampdoria on the final day of the 2009-10 season, the Italian football federation prosecutor said in a statement.

The club, their former third choice goalkeeper Matteo Gianello and ex-footballer Silvio Giusti will go before the federation's disciplinary committee after information was passed from a criminal investigation in Naples.

Sampdoria won the game and entered the preliminary stage of the Champions League.

The development is part of a wide-ranging criminal and sporting probe into illegal betting and match-fixing in Italy which have already led to several arrests and bans.

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