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Inter fans' dramatic protest against discrimination rules

During last night's game against Verona, Inter's fans made a carefully planned protest against rules banning chants against other regions of Italy.

Fans at Inter v Verona made a well-organised protest against new rules that have been brought in to prevent supporters showing discrimination on grounds of geography at Serie A games. 

As an extension of the rules brought in to combat racism, the Italian Football Federation is attempting to ban chants that target other regions of Italy, such as Naples.

This move has met with fierce resistance with Inter and AC Milan's Ultras uniting to ridicule the decision, which has already seen the AC Milan Curva closed.

At the start of last night's San Siro encounter, the Inter Ultras sat in silence and unveiled a banner reading: 'The project is clear: you want us to be as we've never been... Like this, seated and silent.'

Then the next banner was unveiled which said: 'However, now we will make you see how ridiculous you are with this territorial discrimination farce.'

The Curva then divided in two with one half revealing the slogan: 'You can do this' and chanting anti-AC Milan songs, while the other half displayed the words: 'You can't do this' and sung anti-Neapolitan songs.

The final part of the protest came after Verona pulled the game back to 2-1, just as Esteban Cambiasso restored Inter's two-goal advantage.

"Football is passion, fans are its soul. FIGC (Italian Football Federation) enough stupid excuses: if you want to continue emptying the stadiums then just do it but without the lies."

Italian Football Federation boss Giancarlo Abete has already conceded that the rules are open to interpretation and this latest protest will ensure that the issue remains a hotly contested talking point.

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