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The Inter Express: Quick Hits and Links for May 1, 2014

A rundown of relevant Inter news and rumours for May 1, 2014.

Erick Thohir
Erick Thohir
Marco Luzzani

Here are some of the top stories for May 1, 2014:

  • Inter players showed their support for the anti-racism movement by eating bananas in support of Barcelona's Dani Alves.  This past weekend, as the Catalan club faced Villareal at El Madrigal (Villareal's stadium), a fan of the home side threw a banana at Alves.  The Brazilian defender reacted brilliantly, picking up the potassium laden fruit and eating it.  He later thanked the fan, as he said that the banana helped him deliver crosses to help Barcelona win.  Soon thereafter, footballers and other athletes across the world flocked to social media to take selfies of themselves eating bananas to show solidarity in the fight against racism.

Our own players took part in the viral movement, starting with Juan Jesus...

Then, with a selection our own diverse squad...

I love our club!!

  • The Curva Nord has been banned for two matches due to the continued singing of anti-Napoli chants from this past weekend.  The public address announcer repeatedly asked the Curva to stop chanting during Saturday's match and the disobedience has resulted in the punishment, especially since this is not a first time offense.  This also means the Curva will be closed for Javier Zanetti's last home game as captain.
  • Inter and Infront media have agreed to a sponsorship deal worth  €80 million until 2018.  According to the official press release, the main reasons for the partnership are "a shared vision of development, commercial activities, the optimisation of promotional, advertising and sponsorship activities and strengthening [of] the corporate hospitality sector."  You can read the full release from the official Inter site.
  • The Inter shareholders meeting was held yesterday, April 30 and President Erick Thohir addressed a number of issues as the 2013-14 season winds down.  Thohir confirmed that Zanetti will have a role at the club in upper management and that il Capitano is learning English.  The President also said that Walter Mazzarri will be staying.