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Inter Milan given suspended sentence for racial chants

Haven’t we been down this road before?

AC Milan v FC Internazionale - Serie A
The FC Internazionale Milano fans show their support prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 17, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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For the second time this season, Inter Milan has been reprimanded for racially motivated chants aimed at opposing players.

This time, the team was given a suspended sentence of having one part of the Giuseppe Meazza stands closed for a match by Serie A.

It came in response to charges filed against the team for its fans chanting slurs aimed at AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in the first half of Sunday’s 3-2 Derby della Madonnina win.

In its statement, the league said: “a significant percentage” of Inter fans were heard making racial chants against Kessie.

The suspended sentence means the closure is suspended for a year but can be tacked on to any further punishment the team could get if fans continue to abuse players in that time racially.

Inter was sanctioned earlier this year after a 1-0 win over Napoli was marred by Inter fans racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The team was forced to play two matches in January in a closed stadium. Subsequently, Empoli elected not to sell tickets to its January home match with Inter to Inter fans as well.

C’mon, seriously?

We’ve been down this road before.

The team rolled out this whole campaign promoting equality against racial abuse. I mean, have we not learned anything from December and January?

Clearly, we have a big issue with fans and how they conduct themselves in matches. Again, it is up to the club to address this and make a statement by their actions following this latest issue.

As if this team needed any more issues to contend with right now.

Here we have a solid win against a rival and fans have to taint that by acting like racist morons.

Enough is enough.

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