Inter Milan has asked the Italian football federation and Serie A to allow children into an upcoming home match after being ordered to play in an empty stadium as punishment for fan racism and violence. Regarding the request for the Jan. 19 Serie A game against Sassuolo, Inter says “this is an important initiative that sends a strong and clear message against all forms of discrimination and violence.” There was no immediate response from the federation or league. Inter has also been ordered to play an Italian Cup match against Benevento next week in an empty stadium. The measures were taken after a Dec. 26 game at the San Siro was marred by racist chants aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Also, an Inter fan died following clashes with visiting Napoli fans outside the stadium before the match.
Bayern signs defender Benjamin Pavard for next season
Bayern Munich has signed France defender Benjamin Pavard from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart for next season. The Bavarian team says the 22-year-old Pavard, who played six games at right back to help France win the World Cup, will join on July 1. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says Pavard has singed “a five-year contract. He’s a young player and a world champion. We’re very glad and proud to have gained such a player for FC Bayern.” Pavard helped Stuttgart to Bundesliga promotion in 2017 after joining from Lille the year before. He has played 69 league games, though he is currently out with a thigh injury.