Inter fan dies following clashes outside San Siro

Elena Summers
December 28, 2018

However, the match was marred by racist chants from the Inter Milan support directed towards the Senegalese defender, who has since received plenty of support, even from Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Thursday, the Italian league said Inter Milan would play their next two home matches behind closed doors as punishment for the racist chants.

The Senegal global, who had had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said he called for the game to be stopped three times but authorities did not listen. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: "a man".

In the ensuing confusion, Inter fan Daniele Belardinelli, 35, was hit by a vehicle, likely a dark SUV and not one of the Napoli minibuses, according to mobile phone footage of the incident, Cadorna said.

Saturday's games in Serie A will go ahead in spite of the incidents, which overshadowed Inter's fixture with Napoli as well as the death of an Inter fan in clashes between rival fans ahead of the fixture.

Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who was sent off, had been targeted to such an extent, said Ancelotti, that the coach had asked three times for the match to be suspended.

"I am only sorry for the defeat and above all to have left my brothers", Koulibaly wrote on Instagram after the match.

After that, the game only really flared into life again after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off in the 81st minute in freakish circumstances.

"There's no place for racism in football".

"'No to racism and any offense and discrimination!"

"Maybe we have to take matters into own hands next time and stop playing ourselves".

The return to St Stephen's Day football in the Italian top tier for the first time since 1971 will now be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

He said he would ask a public order committee to stop Inter fans travelling to away games for the rest of the season, and to close the Inter curva until the end of March.

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