Inter ultras in the Curva Nord demand Mauro Icardi be stripped of the captain’s armband after a chapter in his book. “You’re finished.”
The striker wrote about an incident that occurred after a 3-1 defeat to Sassuolo in February 2015, noting he became “a hero” to his teammates for answering back to an ultra’ leader who had torn a shirt from a child’s hands to throw it back at the Argentine.
However, today the Curva Nord – the biggest Inter ultras group at San Siro – hit back with a statement.
“Icardi, as far as we are concerned, you’re finished,” it read. “Why such squalid fiction? We are horrified, that book is ridiculous and with regards to that incident there are only lies.
“We merely ask for effort and honesty, while he depicts us as threatening figures who gravitate around the club asking for who knows what, so evidently something is wired wrong in his head.
“An individual like this does not deserve the captain’s armband.”
The Curva Nord statement then dismissed Icardi’s version of events.
“We don’t want to go back over that day when his own teammates hauled him back by the neck to demand a less arrogant attitude towards the Inter population.
“It is pathetic to read such things talking about us. In his book he writes: ‘I am ready to face them one by one. How many are there? 50, 100, 200? OK, record my message and let him listen: I’ll bring 100 criminals from Argentina who’ll kill them where they stand, then we’ll see.’
“He talks about helping little kids, then invents an incident that never happened to make himself seem superior to us, as if it weren’t obvious to all that we are the only Curva that helps kids design the choreography in the stands.
"There are no more excuses. We considered him young, a bit of an idiot (like many), but deep down a good lad. Instead this is an individual who cannot be allowed to wear the Inter armband. It's not for us, but Inter simply don't deserve this.
"You are finished with us. You're done. TAKE THE ARMBAND OFF, YOU CLOWN. Yes, that is what we demand."
Inter play Cagliari at San Siro this afternoon and it’s safe to say there will be a response from the ultras with banners and jeers for Icardi.