Thursday, August 4, 2011

Video of Chinese Inter fans ripping the shirt off a Milan supporter

Chinese fans of Italian clubs apparently take their far away city rivalries very serious. With Inter and AC Milan in town to play the second Supercoppa Italiana in Beijing over the last three years, local fans of the two clubs are using the cash-grab event as a forum to prove their violent loyalties.

When one solitary Milan fan wearing his Rossoneri shirt appeared in a section full of Inter supporters at an Inter training session open to the public, he was immediately made aware that what he was doing was a mistake. First, the police tried to escort him away from the mob of Inter fans yelling at him, but he refused to retreat. He stubbornly held his ground and was rewarded for his bravery by the swarming rivals who tore his shirt off his body, punched him in the face and shoved him down several rows of seats. And, just for good measure, one guy even kicked the shirt as the Inter fans fought over who would get to destroy it.

In the end, the Milan fan was left with a bloody nose, no shirt and a misguided sense that he had proven himself as Milan's biggest fan in China. I'm sure the club is very impressed. And eager for him to buy a new shirt. Or 12.


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