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Clashes in Bergamo mar Inter's weekend match with Atalanta

Reports suggest ultras from both sides clashed in Bergamo on Saturday evening, with the police eventually intervening and arresting up to ten people

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Inter's 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Saturday afternoon was truly brutal to watch for a side aiming to qualify for the Champions League, but unfortunately the Nerazzurri's performance on the pitch was far from the ugliest sight witnessed in the city of Bergamo this weekend.

As reported here by the Gazzetta dello Sport, the match was followed by a series of violent scuffles between the two sets of supporters, with nine Atalanta ultras and one Eintracht Frankfurt supporter ultimately being taken into the custody by police, who were due to question them in greater detail on Monday. These ultras have been charged with 'causing injury, violence and damage to the city', two of whom had already been handed banning orders from the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. Seven police officers are said to have been 'wounded' in the process.

Club President Antonio Percassi has since denounced the distressing events - some of which were recorded by nearby citizens, with a video of what is apparently Inter's team bus being attacked embedded into the article linked above - in a statement published on Atalanta's official website, which says that 'the joys of sport cannot be stained by incidents like the ones that occurred after the game against Inter. It hurts Bergamo, and it hurts Atalanta.' Amen to that.

Not one Interista on this planet enjoyed the muck that our team served up at the weekend, but in the light of events like this you get reminded that we're really all getting worked up over nothing. Football, as the ubiquitous saying goes, is the most important of all the unimportant things in the world, but it is no more than that. Let's bear that in mind.