Inters Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini

A group of Inter supporters defending the abuse of their own player was the latest sign that ultras have more loyalty to one another than to their clubs Romelu Lukaku has adapted quickly to life in Serie A, scoring in his first two games for Internazionale. Sadly, he received a similarly swift introduction to some of the worst elements of Italian football culture. Targeted with monkey chants during the win at Cagliari, he was then addressed with an open letter from a group of his own clubs ultras insisting he ought not to interpret such abuse as racist. You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a REAL problem, said the …

Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy The Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are 10 hugely significant matches to watch this weekend. Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga We start with a dramatic climax to the season in Germany where, much like with Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League, the reigning champions go into the final day of the season with a two-point lead over a club associated with Jrgen Klopp. Bayern had the opportunity to win the title last week, but they could only draw with in-form RB Leipzig. Facing Eintracht …

Bonucci backtracks on Kean remarks after mounting criticism led by Sterling

Leonardo Bonucci has backtracked on comments about racial abuse suffered by Juventus team-mate Moise Kean after widespread condemnation Leonardo Bonucci has backtracked on suggestions his Juventus team-mate Moise Kean was partly responsible for the racist abuse he received from Cagliari supporters by insisting he was misunderstood. The defender had said Kean could have done it differently and the blame is 50-50, after the 19-year-old spread his arms while facing the crowd after scoring. Bonucci had since been criticised by, among others, Raheem Sterling for saying so, but now says he was too hasty. However, he wrote on Instagram: After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings. I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words …