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Inter appeals for children to be allowed in during ban

January 9, 2019
Italian Police Chief Franco Gabrielli, right, attends attends a meeting on violence during soccer matches, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The meeting was scheduled following the death of a Inter Milan fan during clashes with Napoli supporters outside San Siro Stadium ahead of a Serie A game on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan has asked the Italian soccer federation and Serie A to allow children into an upcoming home match after being ordered to play in an empty stadium as punishment for fan racism and violence.

Regarding the request for the Jan. 19 Serie A game against Sassuolo, Inter says “this is an important initiative that sends a strong and clear message against all forms of discrimination and violence.”

There was no immediate response from the federation or league.

Inter has also been ordered to play an Italian Cup match against Benevento next week in an empty stadium.

The measures were taken after a Dec. 26 game at the San Siro was marred by racist chants aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Also, an Inter fan died following clashes with visiting Napoli fans outside the stadium before the match.

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