Everyone will remember the terrible racist incident at the Serie A clash between Messina and Inter Milan at the San Filippo Stadium in Messina just over a year ago (27 November 2005) when the home side's Ivorian defender Marc Zoro attempted to leave the field after being subjected to repeated racist abuse by travelling Inter fans.
And at last Sunday's game between the two sides at the San Siro, which Inter won 2-0, Zoro was targeted once again by various sections of the home crowd. In addition, a despicable banner appeared in the Inter end bearing the following message: “Zoro infame. Il razzismo non è un ululato ma i lamenti di un invasato” (Zoro is a disgrace: racism is not wailing, but the lament of an obsessive). His every ball contact was greeted by constant whistling, jeering and booing.
Zoro spoke plainly after the final whistle: “The Inter fans disgust me, he said. I always lose the game when I come to the San Siro but I win against those who lost their match with life long ago.”