Monday 23 April 2018

Racist chants delay Roma clash

AC Milan, needing a win to clinch a Champions League playoff place, had Sulley Muntari sent off in the first half before drawing 0-0 at home with AS Roma last night in a match interrupted by racist behaviour from visiting fans.

Muntari was booked and then sent off in the 41st minute of an unsavoury match for grabbing the referee's arm as Milan players protested against a decision.

The game was stopped early in the second half after Roma fans jeered Milan striker Mario Balotelli. A warning was issued over the public address system and play resumed.

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti was dismissed in stoppage time for elbowing.

The result left third-placed Milan two points clear of Fiorentina, who earlier defeated Palermo 1-0 and condemned the Sicilians to Serie B next season.

In Spain, Barcelona celebrated clinching the La Liga title with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid thanks to an own goal by Gabi. Lionel Messi, however, suffered a recurrance of his hamstring injury.

Elsewhere a stoppage-time goal from Kelvin handed Porto a 2-1 win over Benfica that gives them a one-point lead over their Lisbon rivals.

Irish Independent

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