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Inter Milan ultras boycott Genoa match due to ban on choreographies and megaphones

The Inter Milan ultras have boycotted tonight’s match against Genoa due to a ban on choreographies and megaphones imposed by the Italian authorities.

Inter Milan’s ultras are traditionally located in the Curva Nord of the San Siro.

Inter Milan ultras angered by “pointless show of force”

In an official statement by Curva Nord Milano on Instagram, they said: “Enough is enough. The limit is full, no cheering today: the North remains at Baretto.”

“We took on responsibility that we did not have and waited for a sign that the authorities were opening up to our right to cheer on our team, but after another door was slammed shut, we have had enough.

“We will no longer accept this absurd and blind repression, created by a pointless show of force from someone who ought to be protecting the rights of others instead.”

Juventus incident

The Italian authorities imposed a ban on the Curva Nord to display banners or use megaphones until June, following the crowd trouble that occurred during Inter’s Serie A match against Juventus on February 4.

Inter Milan vs Juventus
Fan trouble overshadowed the Serie A match between Inter Milan and Juventus.- Photo by Icon Sport

Members of the Curva Nord attacked local police, as well as the Juventus team bus, which led to 50 Inter fans being detained.

The Curva Nord released the following statement after the ban was announced in mid-February: “Dear Inter fans, we have many important battles awaiting us,” reads the Curva Nord’s social media statement.

“But unfortunately, due to the recent events in the Curva, there will be no banners, no megaphones. Moreover, we won’t be able to carry away the planned choreography against Atletico Madrid.

“We must pay the price and take full responsibility for it. But above all, we will make sure not to commit these mistakes again.

“Due to these events, we have lost many young people dedicated to the cause. But this must give us the strength to unite and move forward together.

“Each of us will have to give 110% to make up for it. We will have to follow the guys at the barrier.

“Only by helping each other and closing our ranks will we come out stronger.

“These will be tough months for us. Nonetheless, if each of us does his part, we will once again be the best Curva in Italy.”

On-field success for Inter Milan

It is much more positive on the pitch for Inter Milan. Before tonight’s game, they knew that a win would move them 15 points clear at the top of Serie A. At half-time, Inter Milan found themselves 2-0 up.

They also beat Atlético Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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