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Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has condemned the racist chanting directed towards Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in their clash on Boxing Day.

Spalletti’s side won 1-0 on Wednesday but Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti asked the San Siro showdown to be suspended three times because of the monkey noises heard around the grond.

Koulibaly was sent off after a second yellow card before Lautaro Martinez netted a late winner in stoppage time.

Lorenzo Insigne also saw red for the visitors but the match was overshadowed by the racism towards Koulibaly, who said after the match:

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist abuse from Inter Milan fans, who made monkey noises throughout Wednesday’s Serie A clash.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti asked for play to be suspended on three separate occasions but his demands fell on deaf ears.

The Italian later said his players could walk off the pitch next time and be prepared to take whatever punishment comes their way for taking a stand against the abhorrent behaviour.

Koulibaly, who was sent off after a second yellow card for sarcastic applause, posted a tweet after the game.

Serie A could be suspended after an Inter Milan supporter died following a fight with Napoli fans in which four people were stabbed.

The 35-year-old Inter fan is believed to have been rushed to hospital after being hit by a van which, according to reports in Italy, was being driven by Napoli fans an hour before kick-off at the San Siro on Wednesday.

He underwent emergency surgery but died from his injuries.

Chelsea have reportedly revived their interest in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the January transfer window.

The Argentine was a target for Maurizio Sarri last summer and Chelsea held initial talks with his then club .

However, negotiations failed to develop and the striker moved to on a €20 million season loan with an option to buy as part of a swap deal involving Leonardo Bonucci.

Higuain started off the season well with seven goals in 10 games but has become increasingly frustrated with his side’s indifferent form which has seen them fall out of Champions League contention after four scoreless draws in succession.

Radja Nainggolan has been suspended by Inter Milan for ‘disciplinary reasons’. The former Roma midfielder will now likely miss Inter’s Boxing Day clash with second-placed Napoli.

Inter posted a statement on their website on Sunday, which read:

‘FC Internazionale Milano announces that Radja Nainggolan is temporarily suspended from football activity for disciplinary reasons.’

It is not the first time the 30-year-old has got into trouble with the club he plays for. He posted a video in January of himself smoking and drinking on Instagram.

Lazio have been drawn Europa League specialists Sevilla in the Round of 32 as Inter get Rapid Vienna and Napoli are handed FC Zurich.

Sevilla won three consecutive Europa Leagues between 2014 and 2016 and are second in La Liga, with only Barcelona above them.

Rapid, for their part, finished runners-up in their group ahead of Rangers and Spartak Moscow, while Zurich only returned to the Swiss top flight last year.

Inter and Napoli dropped into the draw after third-place finishes in the Champions League group, although neither side could not face Lazio due to country restrictions.

Cristiano Ronaldo is going back to Madrid – and he will no doubt will see Juventus’ draw with Atletico Madrid as the chance for him to test-drive the stadium venue for the final.

The draw is cruel on Atletico because if there is one player even more determined to reach the showpiece game next May in the Spanish capital than their own players it is Ronaldo who would see it as his grand vindication after leaving Real Madrid last summer.

Juventus spokesman Pavel Nedved said:

Cristiano Ronaldo converted a second-half penalty and was booked for provoking the beaten goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo as relentless Serie A leaders Juventus beat Torino 1-0 in an absorbing derby on Saturday.

Torino, who have beaten their larger neighbours only once in the last 23 years, put up a brave show but were undone by an unfortunate mistake by forward Simone Zaza.

Having dispossessed Leonardo Bonucci, Zaza underhit a pass back to Ichazo, allowing Mario Mandzukic to intercept and the Croatian was then tripped by Torino’s substitute goalkeeper.

It wasn’t pretty to watch at times, but on Saturday night Inter did something they have struggled to do in recent games and that is win.

Captain Mauro Icardi converted a Panenka-style penalty late in the game as Inter rebounded from the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit by beating Udinese 1-0 win at Giuseppe Meazza.

Udinese appeared to have cleared a corner in the 76th minute but the referee then asked for a VAR review amid Inter protests and, after looking at the pitchside monitor, ruled that Seko Fofana had handled the ball.

AC Milan must break even by June 2021 or face being banned from European competition for two years under Financial Fair Play rules, UEFA has announced.

The decision from the European governing body’s adjudicatory chamber comes after Milan successfully appealed against a two-year ban being immediately imposed this summer, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport referring the matter back to UEFA to impose a ‘proportionate disciplinary measure’ in July.

Milan had been found to be in breach of the break-even requirements of the Financial Fair Play regulations, and Friday’s ruling leaves the club at risk of sitting out European competition in 2022-23 and 2023-24 should they qualify.