Some Manchester United fans active on the online forums of the fanzine and Red Issue, have disgraced their club by encouraging fellow fans and members of the site to incite violence between Napoli fans and City fans on the Italian club’s ‘ultra’ messageboards by impersonating Manchester City fans. Under pseudonyms such as ‘mancityhooligan’ and ‘Bluemoon’, they have threatened violence, both in Naples and in Manchester when the two clubs meet in the Champions League, as well as abusing members of the Napoli forum. A particularly vile example of which is where one United fan writes, “I hope that the Napoli fans go to town on them before and after both games.” By and large, it would appear that the majority of the Napoli fans are savvy to the fact that it is United fans appearing on their forums and abusing them, however I believe that all possible steps must be taken in order to ensure that no misunderstanding is left to fuel anger within the Napoli ultras. My hope is that, with further exposure and raised awareness, the idiots responsible will be given deserved punishment and that any potential tension between Napoli and City fans in the upcoming Champions League ties will be diffused.
The links at the foot of this article show first a screenshot of the Red Issue fanzine thread in question via a City fan site and an example of the incitement on a popular Napoli message board.
The Red Issue fanzine and the instigators of this abhorrent incitement should be condemned for their disgusting conduct that has no place in any modern society. These fans have taken the footballing rivalry between City and United too far, and in appearing to think that the loss of the lives of City fans would be amusing, shows their behaviour is simply abhorrent and should be exposed for the pure evil that it exhibits. A few however, have chosen to deflect attention from these fans by saying that this happens all the time and that nothing will come of a few harmless words on the internet. I have a very strong answer to anyone who thinks that this is a trivial matter. The words of the minority can be ignored by the majority as trivial, but when these words are aired in the right place they can cause a chaos that is very real. In other words, whilst this is a minority amongst the United support, it only takes one fool to cause trouble, and where human life is in question, no risks should be taken.
The instigator, whose name has been made very public, particularly on Twitter, and those others who were involved, have been reported to the Greater Manchester Police.
A Screen-shot of the thread from the Red Issue Fanzine:
An example of the incitement:
By Matthew Hewitt – Manchester City fan – @MatthewHewitt