The rulings that would have seen the Curva closed at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza have been struck down after the FIGC’s Federal Court of Justice announced it had accepted the two appeals filed by FC Internazionale against:
1) the obligation to play a match with the curva closed to fans following Torino v Inter, which took place on 20 October 2013.
2) the obligation to play a match with the curva closed to fans following Napoli v Inter, which took place on 15 December 2013.
Here’s what Inters chief executive Marco Fassaone had to say:
“Obviously we’re extremely pleased with the Federal Court of Justice’s decision. Now we hope that other clubs in our same situation can benefit from this ruling. Often the chants away from home come from a few people and then end up affecting an entire section of the stadium for a home match. This, along with the problems of associating all away fans with a single section, the perceptibility of the chant itself and the fairness of the punishment are what our appeal was based on. Now we can play in front of our supporters. This decision from the FIGC is a good sign.”
The managing director then stated to Sky Sport Italia: “It’s positive news for the fans who would have been unfairly punished for two incidents that happened away from home. The key points of our defence were accepted, and I hope that this decision is taken as the standard for the future. We’ve always spoken of the confusion we’ve felt over what constitutes territorial discrimination, particularly for the away matches. The differences between racial and territorial discrimination are clear, and adequate decisions are needed.”