The Swansea City Supporters Trust have backed the decision of Swansea City in making an official complaint to UEFA over the treatment of their supporters in Italy this week.
Many of the excellent travelling support were forced to miss the start of the game after long delays with the escort into the ground causing delays to their arrival.
Most fans had heeded the police advice and taken the official transport from the port area of Naples while over 300 made their way after consultation from the Police on buses from Rome.
Trust Chairman Phil Sumbler said “The behaviour of our supporters in Naples was again to be commended given the circumstances”.
“To me it seemed to be a structured approach from the police to ensure that we did not make the game until after kick off to keep the home fans away from ours.
“That is completely wrong, we have spent many hundreds of pounds getting to the game and UEFA should be looking at the behaviour of the Napoli fans and punishing them rather than making away fans miss the start of the game”.
“Huw Cooze our Supporter Director has already met with Mike Hedges AM to discuss this and he will bring it up with the Assembly this week”.
The Trust have called on UEFA to obtain answers to the following from the Italian police and also Napoli
1. Why were the buses delayed to such an extent that it became obvious the fans were to miss kick off. Following the official line to take these buses was supposed to give us the safest route into the ground but not at the expense of half an hour of the game for some
2. Why were the buses out of Naples taken on a long detour away from the ground rather than being escorted directly there
3. Why were these plans seemingly against the plans put together after consultation with the police in Italy and Swansea before the game•
The Swans had more than 900 supporters in attendance in Naples.