?Six Inter fans have been sentenced to jail time for their part in the violent clashes that occurred in the build up to the Serie A clash with Napoli in December, which left one fan dead.
The events took place on Boxing Day, hours before the ?Nerazzurri beat Napoli 1-0 at San Siro in a game marred by racist chants from sections of the home crowd aimed at centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, who was ultimately sent off alongside Dries Mertens on an unsavoury evening.
According to reports from the ?Washington Post, the sentences handed out to the perpetrators of these pre-match crimes ranged between 22 and 44 months, although one supporter is understood to have reached a plea deal after cooperating with the authorities during the investigation.
The investigators found the attacks to be premeditated, with the death of 35-year-old fan Daniele Belardinelli the result of a fatal strike from a van or SUV amid the clashes outside the stadium.
These vehicles were apparently used so that the ultras could avoid police detection in the build up to the skirmish, which involved a myriad of weapons, including knives and bars. However, it was confirmed that they are still attempting to identify a number of other fans as well as several of the vehicles used.
Milan fans’ mastodontic choreography goes “Let’s send them to hell”.
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The club themselves were punished for these incidents with a two-game stadium ban, but this clearly didn’t have the intended effect, as more racially abusive chants were heard aimed at midfielder Franck Kessie during Sunday’s derby victory over ?Milan.