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Inter Go Top Of Serie A

Inter Milan reclaimed top spot in Serie A after a 1-0 win over 10-man Udinese on Saturday as Juventus lost three players to injury in a painful goalless draw at Fiorentina to complicate preparations for next week’s Champions League opener.

Stefano Sensi’s diving header was enough to seal a maximum nine points for Antonio Conte’s Inter ahead of their European opener against Slavia Prague in the San Siro next Tuesday.

But as Maurizio Sarri made his debut on the Juventus bench after recovering from pneumonia, the Italian champions showed signs of weakness four days before their trip to Atletico Madrid.

Chris Smalling Interested In Permanent Roma Move

Chris Smalling AS Roma

Chris Smalling has already set his sights on leaving Manchester United permanently after sounding out a long term future in Italy.

The defender has joined Roma on a season-long loan from Old Trafford having fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In his official unveiling at a press conference on Friday morning, the former England international targeted settling into life in Serie A which could offer a springboard to a full-time deal.

‘This is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come,’ he said.

New Serie A Logo

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku, who was subjected to racist abuse by Cagliari supporters on Sunday, said that Italian football must combat racism in stadiums if it wants to attract the world’s top players to Serie A.

The Belgian forward, playing only his second game in Italy after a move from Manchester United, was greeted with monkey chants by fans behind the goal when he stepped up to take a penalty which he converted in Inter’s 2-1 win.

When Lukaku was asked if players should walk off the pitch in the case of racist abuse, he appeared to agree.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is said to be angry with sporting director Fabio Paratici following this week’s fallout involving midfielder Emre Can, as he had expected the former Liverpool player to be sold this summer.

Earlier this week, the German international was left out of Juventus’ squad for this season’s Champions League competition, with the 25-year-old slamming his boss’ lack of transparency, saying he was ‘shocked and angry’ by the decision.

Can said during Germany’s training camp ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers:

‘Yesterday the coach called me and told me in less than a minute that I was not in the squad. I am shocked and angry.’

Champions League Trophy

Stunning news from Turin where Juventus has left Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can out of their 22-man squad for this season’s Champions League group stages.

Both players were expected to leave this summer, and Maurizio Sarri has decided that these two stars are the ones to be left out from what is a bloated first-team squad.

Summer additions Matthijs de Ligt, Danilo, Merih Demiral, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey and Gianluigi Buffon have all been included while Gonzalo Higuain also makes the cut after returning from loan.

Paulo Dybala, who was strongly linked with a move away from the club, has also been selected.

Lukaku Racism Statement

Serie A’s disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. Because video and post-match comments are obviously not enough,.

League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word ‘racist’ in his weekly report, referring only to ‘chants that were the subject of news articles and TV reports.’

Lukaku converted Inter’s winning penalty kick against Cagliari on Sunday and then glared at home fans behind the goal as they directed monkey chants at him.

I cannot fathom how the Inter Milan’s Curva Nord ultras can have the opinion that Cagliari fans were not being racist when they subjected their own player Romelu Lukaku to vile abuse during Sunday’s game.

The former Manchester United striker scored the winning penalty in the clash at Cagliari as his new side emerged 2-1 winners.

While waiting to take the spot kick, Cagliari supporters behind the goal could clearly be heard making monkey noises at him.

After converting the penalty, Lukaku simply stared at those who had been making the noises, as his team-mates rushed to congratulate him.

Lukaku Racism Statement

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has called on football federations and social media companies to do more to tackle racism after he suffered abuse during Sunday’s Serie A game against Cagliari.

Lukaku endured monkey chants as he stepped up to the spot to take a penalty during Inter’s 2-1 victory at the Sardinia Arena.

The Belgium international responded by staring at the Cagliari supporters gathered behind the goal before celebrating with his team-mates after scoring the spot-kick.

In a post on his Instagram page on Monday, Lukaku criticised the football authorities and social media companies for not doing enough to tackle the issue.

Serie A Announces Anti-Racism Initiative

New Serie A Logo

Serie A ‘strongly condemns’ the racial abuse suffered by Romelu Lukaku and has announced plans for an anti-discrimination initiative starting in October.

The Inter striker was last night subjected to monkey chants by fans of the Sardinian club, who have also targeted Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi in the past year-and-a-half.

Serie A has come under heavy criticism for its apparent lack of interest in tackling racism, but the League’s governing body confirmed in a statement that it was about to launch a campaign with the intention of educating supporters.

Cagliari say they are giving Inter striker Romelu Lukaku their ‘full support’ but have defended their fans from ‘outrageous accusations and silly stereotypes’.

Inter beat Cagliari 2-1 at the Sardegna Arena last night, but the match was marred by Lukaku being racially abused by a group of home supporters as he went up to take a penalty.

Rossoblu supporters are fast gaining a reputation for discriminatory behaviour, having also targeted Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi in the recent past.

In an official statement, the club made it clear they were committed to ‘annihilating one of the worst plagues’ but also that they rejected their fans being generalised as racists.