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Roma-Napoli fixture moved

October 7, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

The next big match in Serie A between Roma and Napoli will be brought forward by a day to Friday October 19.

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A planned protest in the Italian capital on Saturday will stretch police resources for such a big event, forcing the game to bemoved by 24 hours. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had forwarded a notion to play the game at midnight on Saturday, while the Lega Serie A had also considered reversing the fixture and staging it in Naples.

With a postponement of the game to December regarded as a last resort, the decision has ultimately been taken to bring it forward, even if it means both clubs may have to do without several key players who are due back from international duty just 24 hours earlier or even that same day. Both clubs have agreed to the change.

“We’re in favour of playing on Friday, or later on in the evening,” said Napoli coach Rafa Benitez at the weekend. “We could play at 22:00, which I’ve already done. Moving the game to December, on the other hand, would be complicated.”

Roma's 100 percent record means they have a two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of the first real top-of-the-table clash of the campaign.

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