Serie A: Roma v Napoli clash brought forward by 24 hours

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The top-of-the-table Serie A showdown between Roma and Napoli will be played on Friday, October 18 instead of 24 hours later as had been originally scheduled.

The encounter at Rome's Stadio Olimpico has been brought forward due to a planned public protest - against the government's austerity measures - scheduled for that Saturday in the Italian capital.

Rome prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested to the Italian football league to make a change in dates with the two events requiring significant police presence.

Roma have won all of their Serie A games and lead the standings with a two-point advantage over Napoli.