Daniele Belardinelli, a 35-year-old Inter Milan fan died following clashes with Napoli supporters outside San Siro Stadium ahead of a Serie A game on Wednesday, which was also marred by racist chants.
The 35-year-old supporter was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after being hit by a van but later died, while in a separate incident, four Napoli fans were stabbed around an hour before the game as ultras from both sides clashed.
One of the Napoli fans needed hospital treatment for wounds to the abdomen and two Inter ultras have been arrested in connection to the attack.
What have police said?
Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said Thursday that investigators believe the 35-year-old fan, Daniele Belardinelli, may have been fatally struck by a van or SUV during the clashes.
“Nel 2018 non si può morire per una partita di calcio. A inizio anno convocherò al Viminale i responsabili di tifoserie e società di serie A e B, affinché gli stadi e i dintorni tornino a essere un luogo di divertimento e non di violenza.”
“In 2018 you can’t die for a football game. At the beginning of the year, I will summon to the Viminale the managers of supporters and companies of Serie A and B so that the stadiums and the surroundings return to be a place of fun and not of violence.”
Nel 2018 non si può morire per una partita di calcio.
A inizio anno convocherò al Viminale i responsabili di tifoserie e società di serie A e B, affinché gli stadi e i dintorni tornino a essere un luogo di divertimento e non di violenza.
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) December 27, 2018
What happened inside San Siro?
The atmosphere during the match remained hostile, Where Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti accused Inter Milan fans of repeated racist chanting. He, therefore, demanded the game to be suspended because of alleged racist chanting.
Ancelotti said post-match: “There was an abnormal atmosphere, we asked for the suspension of the match and three times they made an announcement over the PA.
“We asked three times to do something but it just went on. The solution? The match can be stopped but they need to have an idea when.
“After four announcements? Three? Four? The players were agitated, nervous. And this is not good for Italian football. And playing with a mentality that isn’t calm, it’s inevitable.” (SKY SPORTS)
The game was also marred by racist chants which targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegal international, who had monkey noises directed at him throughout the match, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.
Milan Mayor Luigi de Magistris apologized for the fans’ abuse of Koulibaly, saying, “Those boos against Koulibaly were a disgrace.” (BBC NEWS)
Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said the incidents that occurred inside and outside the stadium were “no longer tolerable” and that he intends to simplify the rules for suspending matches.
It’s not the first time that clashes between rival fans have led to deaths in Italy.
Napoli supporter Ciro Esposito died 50 days after he was shot by a Roma supporter before the 2014 Italian Cup final.
That incident came before a match that Roma was not even involved in — although Napoli’s 3-1 win over Fiorentina was held in Rome.
Also, police officer Filippo Raciti was killed during riots following a Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo in 2007. (MSN)
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