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That’s one way to deal with the pitch invader problem! AC Milan’s hardcore ‘Ultras’ slap down their fellow fans who ran on to the pitch after their title win in Italy, because they were delaying the trophy presentation
- AC Milan claimed their first Serie A title in 11 years after beating Sassuolo
- A horde of fans invaded the pitch at full-time to spark jubilant celebrations
- But when they returned to their seats they were targeted by their club’s ultras
- It is believed they were hit because they were delaying the trophy presentation
AC Milan’s ultras were involved in bizarre clashes with their own fans after seeing their side clinch their first Serie A title in 11 years.
A double from striker Olivier Giroud and one from Franck Kessie helped seal their 19th Scudetto ahead of city rivals Inter Milan in style with a 3-0 victory against Sassuolo on Sunday.
A horde of happy supporters invaded the pitch at full-time to spark jubilant celebrations at the Mapei Stadium for the Italian giants.
AC Milan’s ultras were involved in bizarre clashes with their own fans amid the Serie A title celebrations
A horde of happy supporters invaded the pitch at full-time after they beat Sassuolo on Sunday
But video footage shows the club’s hardcore fans slapping down their fellow supporters as they returned to their seats
But video footage has now emerged of the club’s hardcore fans slapping down their fellow supporters as they returned to their seats around the stadium.
And it is believed the reason they resorted to such actions was as a punishment for delaying the trophy presentation for Stefano Pioli’s men.
Clashes following pitch invasions have been a major issue in English football recently too, with Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp, Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen and Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira all targeted in recent weeks.
It was not the first time Milan’s ultras have been involved in clashes this season either, after they were embroiled in a bizarre battle at sea with Venezia fans in January, with the two sets of supporters shooting fireworks at each other’s boats.
It is believed the reason they resorted to such actions was as a punishment for delaying the trophy presentation
Milan pipped city rivals Inter to the title to seal the crown for the first time in 11 seasons
Moreover, it was not the only ugly incident to come in the immediate aftermath of AC Milan pipping Inter to the title, with Pioli’s winners’ medal stolen from around his neck during the pitch invasion.
‘It was stolen,’ Pioli said. ‘The winner’s medal, somebody stripped it from my neck. If I could make an appeal, I’d be grateful, it’s the only one I have.’ After it was revealed that the medal was stolen, the league vowed to replace it.
A supporter later took to social media to show off the ill-gotten gains, potentially revealing the thief’s identity. It is not clear if they were responsible for the theft.
The user posted a photo of the medal on his Instagram story, alongside the caption: ‘Thanks Pioli’.
Milan boss Stefano Pioli had his winners’ medal stolen from around his neck in the celebrations
The Serie A prize was nevertheless the first in Pioli’s managerial career, having won the European Cup with Juventus as a player in 1984-85.
He added: ‘I have never felt so good. I know myself and I know how important it is to feel appreciated as I felt in the environment of Milan.
‘And this allowed me to do what I did and to give joy to my parents. The players have given me their hearts and minds.
‘We are a team of great players and we never gave up. We always believed we could win the league and that we would be more consistent than Inter.’