A group of Inter Milan fans have called for Mauro Icardi to be stripped of the club’s captaincy following comments he made in his autobiography.
The 23-year-old, who recently committed his future to the club despite being heavily linked with a move away during the summer, criticised a member of Inter Milan ultra group Curva Nord over an incident when he tried to give a young fan his shirt after a game.
Icardi also claimed that he could bring over a group of criminals from Argentina to kill the Curva Nord, which prompted an angry response from the Inter fans.
The fans also unveiled a banner ahead of this afternoon’s match against Cagliari that read: “You are not a man… You are not a captain… You are just a vile piece of shit.”
Icardi lined up to take a penalty during the match, but the home fans at the San Siro booed him during his run-up and then cheered when he missed.
He took to instagram apologizing for the controversy “Dear Curva Nord, I am surprised and disappointed. Surprised because I’ve said that in Reggio Emilia I lost my head due to the post-game adrenaline. I just wanted to report the atmosphere of that episode. I used threatening words against the fans and I shouldn’t have done that.
“I’m sorry. Sorry for this fuss that has been created, I simply recounted an incident. The captain’s armband is the realization of my dreams, it is pure joy for me and my family.’’