Inter Milan game halted as Samuel Eto'o receives racist abuse from fans.
Show Racism the Red Card patron, Samuel Eto’o, responded to racist taunts from Cagliari fans by scoring the only goal as Inter Milan beat the Sardinian side 1-0 on Sunday.
The Serie A match was stopped in the third minute after some fans insulted Eto’o every time he touched the ball.
Giuseppe Gargiulo, the officiating police inspector, immediately ordered referee Paolo Tagliavento to suspend the match.
The game resumed after three minutes and supporters were warned that the match would be abandoned if there was any more chanting.
Eto'o had the last laugh, though, as he scored the only goal of the game to send Inter joint top of Serie A.
Eto’o celebrated by dancing with the rest of his Inter teammates on the field and the bench.
The chants against Eto’o came from the northern end of the Sant’Elia stadium, where Cagliari supporters, known as “ultras,” gathered.
During the suspension, fans in the rest of the stadium made their anger clear and applauded loudly when the match resumed to drown out any more chants.
Sunday’s game was the first time that a game was stopped for this reason in Italy.
In Spain, Eto’o once threatened to walk off the pitch in protest, following racist chanting by Real Zaragoza’s supporters.
Abuses like these prompted Eto’o to stop bringing family members to matches.
“If the problem occurs, and I hope it doesn’t, we can talk about it,” Eto’o said at the time.
“Unfortunately, these problems happen,” he said. “I’m proud to be black and proud of my country, but all players are equal.”
Inter coach Rafael Benitez said he was pleased by Sunday’s intervention by match officials.
“The good thing was that the supporters understood immediately,” Benitez said. “Then all thoughts turned to football.”
Samuel Eto'o almost walked off the pitch after he received racism playing for Barcelona, he told his story to Show Racism the Red Card. Watch the interview.