Inter Milan have been ordered to close the North end of the San Siro for their next home match against Fiorentina.
The Italian giants have become the third team in Serie A to be significantly punished, following Lazio and Roma, for racial abuse towards black players from a section of their fans.
Inter have also been penalised financially with a €15,000 fine imposed on the club to go alongside the closing of the stand. However, it didn’t stop there with that section of Inter’s fans also accused of displaying a banner which insulted Juventus coach Antonio Conte.
It’s encouraging to see significant punishments that could actually make a difference being imposed although the financial fine is still inadequate in terms of making a real difference to Inter’s finances.
One of the only ways that racism and abuse like this is going to be stamped out of the game is if those fans producing it are prevented from physically being able to attend and watch live football games.
It seems to be a very deep problem in Italy and other countries around the world with similar problems could learn a thing or two from the Italian authorities over how to go about trying to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
What do you think? Is closing a stand enough?
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