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Milan derby ends 2013 in front of empty stands

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By Agencies

Posted  Saturday, December 21  2013 at  02:00

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With one round of games to go before the winter break, Inter are fifth on 28 points having scored 36 goals in 16 games, the most in the league.

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Rome- Inter Milan will be out to heap further misery on struggling city rivals AC Milan but unfortunately for the 18-times Serie A champions, their most passionate fans will be absent from the Sunday’s much anticipated derby showdown.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal ordered the closure of the San Siro’s Curva Nord section for two games to punish Inter’s hardcore supporters for the offensive chants directed at Napoli fans during last weekend’s 4-2 defeat.

The decision has outraged both sets of Milan fans, who argue the encounter will now be devoid of its usual vibrant atmosphere, and many have suggested boycotting Sunday’s game in protest.

“Inter were right to suggest appealing the decision because a derby without the curvas loses a bit of its appeal. I hope there’s news on this before the game,” Inter captain Javier Zanetti told reporters.

Despite the muted atmosphere, Inter will be keen to confirm their recent revival under new boss Walter Mazzarri after a miserable campaign last season left them out of Europe.