Benfica fans will not be at the San Siro for tomorrow evening’s Champions League match against Inter Milan due to a ban.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via FCInterNews, note that the suspension is the result of conduct by some Benfica supporters at the San Siro during last season’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg.
Tomorrow evening, Benfica will face Inter at the San Siro.
The two teams had previously met just a few months ago, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
And this time around, the two teams face off in the group stage of the competition.
Neither got off to an ideal start to their group stage campaign.
Inter could only scrape a draw away to Real Sociedad in their opening match. That came courtesy of a Lautaro Martinez equalizer late in the match.
And in truth, it was hardly a result that the Nerazzurri deserved, as it had been the home side in the ascendancy for much of the match.
And for Benfica it was even worse.
Playing at the Estadio da Luz, the Portuguese fell to a 0-2 defeat against Red Bull Salzburg.
Reason For Benfica Supporter Ban In Champions League Clash Vs Inter
During the second leg of last season’s Champions League quarterfinal tie between Inter and Benfica, there was a scandalous incident that unfolded in the stands.
That incident saw certain Benfica supporters launch lit flares into a crowd of Nerazzurri supporters.
The Portuguese club issued an official apology for the behaviour by a few of their supporters.
And in addition, Benfica face a ban for travelling supporters by UEFA.
The ban is in effect for the next away match that the Lisbon-based side play in the competition.
And by coincidence, that match is also at the San Siro.
Therefore, there will not be a contingent of travelling supporters at the San Siro for tomorrow’s match against Inter.