Piebury corner – a popular pre match restaurant for Arsenal fans – was attacked by a group of Italian hooligans before the Champions League clash last night, who went about smashing chairs, windows and swinging belts.
Arsenal supporter Tim Garwood was left needing 12 stitches in his head after being hit with a piece of cast-iron garden furniture. He was not able to leave hospital until 3.30am.
He said how 100 or so Napoli supporters were walking past as a smaller group broke off and and threw a stool through the restaurant window. They than began attacking the customers inside, including children as young as 12.
Employee Emily Gould said around 30 hooligans stormed the restaurant on Holloway Road, which had around 50 customers inside at the time.
She told the Mirror: “I think they were Italian men with Napoli colours and scarves tied around their faces.
“They then came in to the shop. I was terrified. They started swinging belts around. The customers were very frightened.”
The restaurant was forced to close, and left the following statement on it’s Twitter account:
“One customer is in A&E with a cut head, totally unprovoked attack on family’s eating from 50/60 Napoli fans! Thanks for all messages.”