Inter Milan released a statement on Monday afternoon, confirming that Mauro Icardi will remain the club’s captain despite controversial comments made in a new book.
The Argentine striker’s reputation in the eyes of the club’s influential ‘ultras’ has hit rock bottom after he told a story of how he once received insults and abuse from the die-hard supporters in the Curva Nord.
The ’ultras’ reacted by turning up at the striker’s house over the weekend, unfurling an uncomplimentary banner during the Cagliari match, and even cheering when he missed a penalty in the same game.
Inter, though, have opted to stick by their top goalscorer.
Icardi has netted six goals in his first eight appearances this season for the Nerazurri; the team’s next highest goalscorer is Ivan Perisic, who has bagged two goals in the same number of matches.
You can, therefore, understand why Inter are so keen to keep Icardi in their ranks.
Inter 'ultras' react to club's decision
But the Inter ‘ultras’ aren’t happy with the decision - and, in a new statement, admit it’s one they can’t accept.
"For us as for everyone else - we hope - the captain of Internazionale should be a symbol," a statement read, per Goal. "Experience, charisma, humility, integrity, intelligence.
"[Armando] Picchi - [Giacinto] Facchetti - [Sandro] Mazzola - [Giuseppe] Bergomi - [Javier] Zanetti... basically the opposite of Icardi.
"We therefore cannot find agreement with the statement of the Inter hierarchy. We understand it, the logic, the motivation. But we can't accept it.
"It's not for us to decide though, to each his proper role. That's what we've always asked for, that's how it should be.
"We believe though that a club like Inter, outside of our views, shouldn't allow an individual like Icardi to wear the captain's armband.
"Icardi is a closed chapter, we don't want to talk about this anymore. HE IS NOT OUR CAPTAIN. HE IS NOT NOW, HE NEVER WILL BE."
Sounds like Icardi can expect more hostile from the ‘ultras’ when Inter face Southampton in the Europa League on Thursday night.
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