Milan v Inter: When all hell broke loose!

first_imgIn Madrid, Atletico Madrid are about to welcome city rivals Real to their Vicente Calderon home to contest the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.There is no love lost between the Spanish clubs in the same way Milan and Inter have absolutely no affection towards one another.It is almost 10 years to the day when the Italian clubs were pitted together at the same stage of the Champions League.Unfortunately it is remembered not for the football on display, despite Kaka, Andrea Pirlo and Esteban Cambiasso gracing the turf, but for the crowd trouble that led to referee Markus Merk abandoning the game.Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan increased their lead in the return fixture thanks to Andriy Shevchenko’s first half goal.However, Merk enraged the Inter fans when he disallowed Cambiasso’s equaliser and missiles thrown from the black and blue end bombarded the pitch and firemen had to clear flares that began to engulf the Milan penalty box.The Rossoneri’s goalkeeper, Dida, was himself struck by one of the fireworks and the referee called a temporary stop to the game, ordering players into their respective dressing rooms until it was safe to return.A minute after returning following the 10 minute break, Inter fans continued to hurl objects, the match was abandoned and Milan were awarded a 3-0 win.They eventually made it to the final where Liverpool defeated them on penalties after a memorable comeback.Days after the San Siro incident, though, Inter were ordered to play their next six European games behind closed doors, with two of those games suspended for three years and they were also fined 300,000 Swiss francs (about £132,000).Speaking about the punishment, UEFA director of communications William Gaillard said: “This is the highest fine in the history of Uefa and the loss of four home games will mean they lose out on revenue for around €8m (£5.5m)However, many observers believed the club escaped lightly considering it was the second time in four years the club’s hooligans had disrupted a game. In a 2001 UEFA Cup game against Alaves, crowd trouble landed Inter a £35,000 fine and they were ordered to play two European games away from the San Siro.In reality, the club were lucky not to be denied a place in the money spinning competition the following season. 1 Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa look on as the San Siro turf is bombarded with missiles last_img

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