Inter Milan Fans Stuck Outside Porto Stadium Ahead of Champions League Game
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta said he would complain to UEFA after supporters were kept outside the Estadio do Dragao as Inter played the second-leg of their Champion League last-16 tie against Porto in Portugal on March 14.
Some Inter fans had purchased tickets outside the designated section for away fans; however, according to Football Italia, Portuguese authorities had agreed to let supporters in if “they did not have any scarves, shirts or other items identifying them as Inter supporters.”
Despite this, some supporters found themselves held at a raised ramp entrance, unable to enter the stadium to watch the match.
Attendees posted on social media, saying they “felt extremely unsafe” in the crowd, and complained the line was “getting more and more cramped” as people were told to join at the bottom of the ramp.
Video posted by Twitter user @AmalaTV_ showed a large crowd of supporters crammed together in a tunnel near one of the stadium entrances.
In an interview after the match, Marotta said: “I thank the fans present and I am close to those who, despite having regularly purchased tickets, were unable to enter the stadium. We will make a complaint to UEFA, I have seen children and families crying outside the stadium. It is a serious thing, which must not happen again.”
Inter made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals on the night, with 1-0 win on aggregate after the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Credit: @AmalaTV_ via Storyful