Internazionale have been told they must vacate a section of their next home Serie A match at San Siro and pay a €15,000 ($20,000), thanks to unruly supporters in their match against Juventus last Saturday. The section ban will take place against Fiorentina on September 26.
The fans directed racial insults at Juventus players, unfurled a banner insulting Juventus manager Antonio Conte, and also shone laser lights into the eyes of referees, according to a statement issued by Serie A today.
Italian media indicated the racial chants were directed mostly at black players Paul Pogba and Kwadwo Asamoah. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Serie A has had a slew of racism issues, many of which have made headlines since Kevin-Price Boateng, then of AC Milan, walked off the pitch due to racial chants in March and refused to play.
Klopp frowns at Pogba fee: “I am trying to build a team, a real team”
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,’ he said.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.”
“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”
Klopp has spent a lot of money, but he’s spaced it out in picking up six players for around 2/3 of the Pogba fee this summer (Granted two were on free transfers).
That said, he didn’t exactly take over a club lacking star power that required loads and loads of buys. Klopp is at a different standard in answering to the media and public right now. While that’s pretty well-deserved, the way he’s getting credit for the price tags on assets he’s sold is kind of hilarious.
Either way, we are loving Klopp in the Premier League. Bring on the season.
Yet this summer has been an incredible one for transfers, with so many Premier League teams leading the way in business, that names like Sadio Mane, Michy Batshuayi, Nico Gaitan, and Nolito miss out list (and they are just the tip of the iceberg).
Here’s our Top Ten so far
10. Mario Gotze, Bayern Munich –> Borussia Dortmund
Will a return “home” do the trick for the World Cup clinching attacker?