Inter captain Mauro Icardi was hailed for signing a new contract just nine days ago.
What a difference a week makes.
The 23-year-old Argentinian is in hot water after fans called for the removal of his captaincy after comments he made in a newly-released autobiography. Icardi described an incident from February 2015 where he had given a child his shirt after a game, only to have it ripped away and thrown back at him by fans from the supporters section.
Controversial and outspoken Inter supporter group Curva Nord issued a statement in response to that and other passages in the book, calling for the removal of Icardi as captain. On Sunday prior to a home match against Cagliari, the supporters displayed a banner that read, “You use a kid to justify your actions…you aren’t a man…you aren’t a captain” and proceeded to call Icardi a not-very-nice name.
Subsequently, Icardi rifled a penalty wide right in the 26th minute as Milan went on to lose the match 2-1. The loss is the club’s third straight among all competitions, without a win since September 21st. As pressure mounts not just on Icardi but also manager Frank de Boer, it’s conceivable that a knee-jerk action to remove Icardi as captain cold be made by the boss to appease fans.