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Sporting life: Italian football

Italian football is still capable of operatic magnificence. But the dark side of the game was ever-present in the recent Milan derby

By David Goldblatt   March 2010

At tonight’s performance, the accessory of choice is a blue and black striped scarf. These are worn both by the two elderly ladies a few seats away from me, resplendent in lacquered hair and fur coats, and the young couple next to them, sporting the tailored and bejewelled black Puffa jackets that are the favourite winter attire in Milan. But for the scarf, the spectators could have been at La Scala, the city’s world-famous opera house. Perhaps they had seen a matinee of Rigoletto, then hurried west to catch the day’s main operatic event: the derby between Internazionale and AC…

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