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Clever banners can’t hide Milan’s derby pain

February 16, 2009

Nowhere in the world can match the San Siro for the array of banners unfurled by fans.

Before kick off in Sunday’s derby, the Inter and Milan ends were transformed into huge colourful patchworks and throughout the game various slogans were unveiled, some funny, some rude and some downright mysterious.

“How can you represent Milan when your team has no Italian players?” read one Milan banner (despite the fact that Inter’s teenaged left back Davide Santon is Italian).

The Milan fans in the ‘Curva Sud’ were so wrapped up in unfurling their masterpieces that many of them failed to notice that Adriano used a arm to score Inter’s first before the Serie A leaders went on to win 2-1 and increase their advantage over their city rivals to 11 points.

It looked like some Rossoneri supporters had already given up their title hopes when they unveiled a huge banner saying (in English): “To be continued…”

No one was quite sure what that implied but there was no confusion over the best Inter sign.

“The temperature is forecast to be -11 by 22.30.”

PHOTO: A typical banner during a Milan derby. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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