Inter fined for racist chanting, offensive banners



Agence France Presse

Published — Tuesday 26 February 2013

Last update 26 February 2013 9:29 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

MILAN: Inter Milan have been fined and warned about their supporters’ future conduct after racist chanting was heard during the derby with city rivals AC Milan, the Italian top flight said on Tuesday.
Serie A said Inter would have to pay 50,000 ($66,000) for its fans’ repeated “expressions of racial discrimination to a player of the opposing team” and the unfurling of insulting banners, despite multiple warnings by stadium officials.
The fine was also for the use of a laser pen against a player.
The league at the same time slapped AC Milan with a 10,000-euro after its fans displayed offensive slogans during Sunday’s match, which ended 1-1. Both clubs were told to work more closely with police and other authorities to stamp out the problem.
No specific mention was made in the league’s bulletin that the taunts were directed at Milan forward Mario Balotelli, who was making his first appearance in a derby at the San Siro since he left Inter for Manchester City.
Some hardcore Inter fans were seen waving inflatable bananas during the game while monkey noises were also heard, although they were drowned out by whistles.
It was not clear whether the gestures and chanting were directed at Balotelli or Milan’s other black players Sulley Muntari, Kevin Prince Boateng and Cristian Zapata.
But Balotelli — who had been praised for not reacting to the taunts — was hit with a 10,000-euro fine for making an “insulting gesture” toward fans at the end of the contest.
Italy has been in the spotlight for its handling of racist incidents at football matches since Prince-Boateng stormed off the pitch in a friendly between Milan and lower-league side Pro Patria in January following abuse from some fans.
The match was abandoned and Boateng won plaudits worldwide for his stand.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen was killed in shelling fired across the border from Yemen into the southwest of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, local media reported.A shell fell on a house around dawn in Najran province, civil defense department spokesman Ali bin Om...
JEDDAH: Female voters in Al-Ahsa have urged the authorities handling the municipal elections to drop the condition of presenting the national identity card while enrolling themselves in the voters’ list. Some women in Madinah too have appealed for mo...
JEDDAH: After the recent incident of a rat eating from a bowl at a well-known food outlet in a Jeddah mall came to light, residents have called for food hygiene ratings of restaurants and roadside eateries across the city.Although the municipality wo...
JEDDAH: A muezzin (one who recites the Adhaan) of a Riyadh mosque recently sprung a surprise in the Austrian tourist town of Zell am See by his Adhaan after taking permission from members of a musical band.Social media is abuzz with the news and vide...
RIYADH: A Sri Lankan national, who works as a cleaner in the Kingdom, was commended and rewarded by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) for returning a bag containing gold to its owner.“Prince Sultan bin Salman, president o...
RIYADH: Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam arrived in Jeddah on Sunday to meet with his Saudi counterpart Nizar Madani on Monday.On arrival at the royal terminal, the minister was received by Director General of the...
RIYADH: A report of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage predicts the rate of growth in job opportunities in the country's tourism sector between 2010 and 2020 will be 10 percent a year as compared to a global growth rate of 2.5 per...
JEDDAH: Two million meningitis vaccines have been distributed among health centers in 20 governorates and provinces across the Kingdom for domestic Haj pilgrims.It is mandatory for all pilgrims to be vaccinated against meningitis and for those coming...
RIYADH: Some 1,500 certified documents with proper identity are issued on average to Yemenis from the Jazan region daily. More than 400,000 Yemenis have corrected their residency status from all parts of the Kingdom.The announcement was made during a...
JEDDAH: The Makkah governorate has announced four new road projects linking Makkah and Jeddah. The new roads will facilitate smoother and faster travel between the cities.An estimated 35 million people will benefit from the projects, which will inclu...
JEDDAH: A major disaster is waiting to happen in the fish market of Madinah because of the callous attitude of traders toward handling of gas cylinders. A visit to the market presents a dreadful picture of cylinders kept on top of each other without...
JEDDAH: Information and Culture Minister Adel Al-Toraifi has approved the appointment of Khalid Bo-Ali as editor in chief of the Eastern Province-based Alsharq Arabic newspaper. He was nominated for the post by the board of directors of the newspaper...
JEDDAH: Jamil Farsi, head of the Gold and Jewelry Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), says he expects 3,000 job opportunities to be created for Saudi women in the jewelry design and gold sector across the Kingdom, with ab...
JEDDAH: More than 50 visually challenged people successfully performed Umrah with the help of the Ebsar Foundation for the Visually Impaired and the Ambassadors of Volunteers organization under their program “Umrah for the visually impaired,” which w...
JEDDAH: Although the Ministry of Labor is opening its doors to receive complaints from private sector employees, many Saudi females employed in cosmetic and perfume shops in Madinah are not making complaints about being overworked due to fear of losi...

Stay Connected

Facebook