Inter Milan decided not to appeal against Serie A’s decision to close the San Siro for their next two matches. They will face Benevento for Coppa Italia and Sassuolo for the Italian Championship, Serie A, behind closed doors because of the fans that kept making monkey chants at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly in their match during the boxing day, in which Inter won by 1-0.
The Nerazzurri confirmed on Tuesday that they have accepted the decision made by Serie A, however they said that they have “submitted a request to the Italian FA and the Lega Serie A the possibility for boys and girls of the Nerazzurri football schools and also from the Centro Sportivo Italiano to be able to attend the match against Sassuolo.”.
The statement added, “This is an important initiative to send out a strong and clear signal against any form of violence and discrimination.”
Juventus tried the same initiative in 2013 when the Curva Sud and also the Curva Nord were closed due to racist chants by the fans. However, it did not end up well, once many of the children ended up copying the attitude of the adults and made similar chants in a 1-0 win over Udinese, which lead up to new sanctions to the team.
Internazionale have the chance to make it work this time and the team also has the chance to play with a little some of the fans, even though the matches won’t be difficult. But, if things end up like in 2013, it will show that the problem is not the only amongst over aged people, but a bad example from Italians football fans, which is passed from generation to generation. Racism should be far away from Football, since a long time ago, and severe punishments should be taken in order to avoid the “next time”.