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Racist Inter Milan fans force partial stadium ban

Inter Milan have been hit with a partial stadium ban after Napoli's Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly was the victim of racist abuse at the side's last league meeting, Serie A officials have announced.

Racist Inter Milan fans force partial stadium ban
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been subjected to monkey chants. Photo: Carlo Hermann/AFP

Koulibaly was subject to sporadic monkey chants from groups of hardline ultra fans in the Curva Nord section of the San Siro two weeks ago when Napoli lost 2-0.

Serie A officials usually sanction clubs in the days following such incidents but due to a “technical problem” only released details of the punishment on Thursday.

It means a section of the third row of seating at the ground will be closed for Inter's next home game, against Udinese on Saturday, although a repeat of such incidents will “lead to the closure of the entire third row of seating in the stadium”, said a statement.

Inter were also slapped with a €15,000 fine for the supporters' racist behaviour.

It is not the first time Koulibaly has been subject to racism this season.

The towering Senegal international fell victim to monkey chants while playing at Lazio in February, an incident that prompted thousands of Napoli fans to don masks depicting the defender in their following home game.

Meanwhile, Frosinone midfielder Yussif Raman Chibsah will miss three of the season's last four league games after being handed a three-game ban for insulting the referee during a 5-1 defeat to Chievo last weekend that saw the Ghanaian sent off for a second bookable offence.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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