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During the first-half of Saturday mornings Serie A game between Roma and Napoli, a disconcerting banner was unveiled by Romanisti in the Curva Sud of the Stadio Olimpico.
The banner appeared to be directed at the mother of Ciro Esposito, the Napoli supporter who was shot by Roma Ultra Daniele De Santis during violent clashes between the two sets of fans at the Coppa Italia final in May 2014.
Translated the banner read ‘How sad...you profit from the funeral with books and interviews'.
The banner would appear to suggest that Esposito’s mother, Antonella Leardi, has taken advantage of her son’s death by giving interviews and making public appearances.
The gesture’s inflammatory and flagrant nature will undoubtedly have repercussions with the Italian Football Federation likely to investigate.
There is no love lost between Napoli and Roma supporters and the rivalry has become especially acrimonious following the events at last year’s Coppa Italia final in which violence overshadowed Napoli’s 3-1 victory over Fiorentina.
Many Napoletani were banned from travelling to watch their team in Rome and the fixture was scheduled to kick off early due to its high risk nature.
The banner detracted from matters on the field in which both teams contested a fantastically open first-half.