Fight against racism dominates Inter’s draw with Sassuolo

MILAN (AP) — An ugly chant was turned into a powerful symbol against racism as Inter Milan drew 0-0 with Sassuolo in front of an unusual San Siro crowd last Saturday.

It was the second of two matches Inter had to play behind closed doors as part of its punishment for racist chanting in the December 26, 2018 league match against Napoli. The club, though, were allowed to let in more than 10,000 children from local schools in an initiative against discrimination.

“It was really nice because you heard the children’s shouts of joy,” Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said. “It was nice to see them enjoying themselves.”

The initiative has been named BUU, an acronym for Brothers Universally United, and also the sound aimed by some Inter fans at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who was born in France to Senegalese parents.

Banners and signs with the acronym could be seen all over the stadium, while the players also had “BUU No to discrimination” on their shirt sleeves.