Saturday February 9th 2019
Tom Hardy – UCFB Sports Business & Media student 2019
Inter Milan will face no retrospective action over racist chanting directed at Ibrahima Mbaye during their game against Bologna which Inter lost 1-0.
The Italian’s side ultra-group known as the Curve Nord directed chants at the Senegalese defender who had started his career at Inter coming through their youth system.
The chants were soon drowned out by other Inter fans who wanted to silence the racists and it has now been announced the Nerazzurri will not face any action over the incident.
This is not the first occasion that Inter fans have subjected a Senegalese player to racist chanting.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused on Boxing day leading to a three-game stadium ban being enforced upon Inter. The level of abuse hurled at the 27-year-old eventually saw Koulibaly sent off for two quick yellow cards with the Italian FA refusing to rescind the ban despite the obvious cause.
The recent fixture against Bologna signalled their first game back in the San Siro since the Napoli game, with racism clearly now a serious problem in Inter and Italy as a whole.
The whistles of the Inter fans ultimately saved their side from punishment but no amount of noise can disguise the racism problem presently tainting Italian football.