December 27, 2018 / 4:24 PM / 3 months ago

Inter fan dies after being hit by car during pre-match clashes

Forensic investigators work in an area near a street where Inter Milan soccer fan has died after being struck by a vehicle during clashes with Napoli supporters near Milan's San Siro stadium before Serie A soccer match between the teams, in Milan, Italy, December 27, 2018. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

MILAN (Reuters) - An Inter Milan soccer fan has died after being struck by a vehicle during clashes with Napoli supporters outside Milan’s San Siro stadium before Wednesday’s Serie A game between the teams, police said Thursday.

Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said that the 35-year-old supporter had died in hospital. Three people had been arrested in connection with the clashes but it was not known who was driving the vehicle which hit the fan.

The match itself was marred by racist insults from some fans at Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Just before the match, a coach carrying the Naples ultras was attacked by more than one hundred supporters from Inter,” said Cardona.

“The Nerazzurri (Inter) fans attacked the Neapolitans with bars and sticks and immediately there was a rush of people.”

Cardona said the victim was struck by one of the vehicles trying to escape the trouble.

Cardona said police would request that the part of the San Siro stadium which hosts Inter’s hardcore “ultra” fans be closed until the end of March and that Inter fans be barred from attending away games for the rest of the season.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Peter Graff

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