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Arsenal NextGen win over Inter Milan marred by reported racist abuse in Italy

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal were the victors over Inter Milan in the NextGen Series on Wednesday but it seems that racist abuse was prevalent at the game to put a blip on proceedings.

Arsenal are through to the quarter-final stage of this seasons NextGen Series after beating reigning champions Inter Milan in Italy to book a date with the impressive CSKA Moscow side in the last-eight.

Arsenal are joining fellow English representatives Chelsea, Tottenham and Aston Villa in the next stage meaning there is every possibility of an all-English semi-final and final campaign; the games of which will be staged by Calcio Como in Italy by the magnificent Lake Como.

Arsenal had a tremendously tough task on their hands to overcome their Italian rivals simply considering the talent of their opposition but the environment was also not conducive to a stellar performance. Heavy rain had turned the pitch into a bog and if you don’t believe me check out the picture below courtesy of former Gunner Jay-Emmanuel Thomas ….

 

However the atmosphere would also be distracting; as mooted reports are starting to emerge that the game was also marred by some racist chanting from Inter Milan fans.

It was Arsenal player Isaac Hayden who pointed out the indiscretions on Twitter and there has since been more reports of this unfortunate and harmful behaviour from a section of fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The impassioned reaction of Chuba Akpom, just one of a handful of black players in the Arsenal team, at the final whistle may very well have been in reaction to such abhorrent behaviour.

So far there has been no official comment from either club or the NextGen organisers themselves but while it should clearly be pointed out and stamped out it should not detract from an excellent performance by Arsenal’s Young Gunners.

It is not the first time in recent weeks Inter Milan have found themselves in trouble for racist chanting. Such behaviour aimed at former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has resulted in a paltry fine from Italian officials.

Considering the sketchy arrangement between the tournament and UEFA it is not known if the European football governing body can actually hand down any sanctions to Inter if the abuse is proven.

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