Thursday December 27 2018
Gattuso: ‘Games should be stopped’

Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso agrees “the time has come for football to stop” when abuse is directed at black players but “I don’t think Italy is a racist country”.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chanting from Inter fans in last night’s match, with the Nerazzurri given a two game stadium ban as a result.

“I find myself in agreement with what Carlo Ancelotti said,” Gattuso told Milan TV.

“Certainly we’re not the only nation in which these incidents occur, just look at England where there is great sporting civilisation.

“I think the time has come for football to stop, for the games to stop. We need to be better, it’s almost 2019. Too many times here you get four morons starting these chants.

“I don’t think Italy is a racist country, because there are so many immigrants. It’s right that games be halted.”

Gattuso then turned his attention to the pitch, and the difficult period his side is enduring.

“In times of emergency this is a team that surprised everyone, who played with enthusiasm and the sense there was nothing to lose.

“Then we had two games against Torino and Bologna where we could have pulled away from our rivals. When the points at stake matter more than usual the flaws of this team come out and fear takes over.

“I remain very disappointed by the first half my team played, Frosinone looked like the team playing for fourth place.

“Three days ago we were one point from our Scudetto, which is the Champions League.

“We’re a team that wants to do things, but always does them halfway. We’ve fixed the defence, now the attack is the problem. Every time we shoot there’s the sensation we’re not going to hurt our opponents.

“It’s already difficult to wear the Milan shirt, we need to make our mistakes without getting depressed.

“Mistakes happen, the important thing is to remedy them and make yourself available again. Lately the opponents win every 50-50, I think it’s a mental issue.

“I think fear has taken over.”

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