WATCH: 'Do NOT do that!' - Inter striker Romelu Lukaku in heated on-pitch row with Nicolo Barella - his own team-mate!
- Nerazzurri held by Sampdoria
- Frustration boiled over on the field
- Team-mates back on the same page
WHAT HAPPENED? Two club colleagues were caught up in a mid-game dispute as Inter played out a 0-0 draw with Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday. Lukaku did not take kindly to petulant waving of arms from Italy international midfielder Barella, with the Belgian striker caught on camera wagging a finger at his team-mate while saying: “Don’t do that, enough with these arms! Do not do that! It’s not good, it’s insulting, now stop!”
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Lukaku chiama figlio di puttana Barella. Tutto sotto controllo. pic.twitter.com/FJGFADMaLR
WHAT THEY SAID: It is not the first time that combative character Barella has angered those around him, with Inter coach Inzaghi saying of the latest incident involving the 26-year-old: “These things happen on the pitch, they shouldn’t happen and I don’t like to see them, but they were sat together during the break and are great friends. Obviously, these are incidents I don’t want to see.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Stefan de Vrij is another to have played down the argument, saying of the relationship between Barella and Lukaku after their angry exchange: “I hadn’t noticed it, I found out during the break. They immediately cleared the air, now we must look forward.”
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WHAT NEXT? Stalemate with Sampdoria has left Inter 15 points adrift of leaders Napoli in the Serie A table, with there one more domestic outing against Udinese for them to take in before attention turns to a Champions League last-16 encounter with Porto.