Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is under fire from a Muslim leader in Italy after his criticism of Sulley Muntari for fasting during Ramadan. Ghana midfielder Muntari was taken off after just half an hour of Inter’s disappointing 1-1 home draw against Bari as they began their defense of the Serie A title on Sunday
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Coach Ancelotti confirms Milan departure
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he will be leaving the Serie A giants after their 2-0 win over Fiorentina in the final match of the Italian season. Ancelotti, widely reported to be heading to Chelsea as a replacement for Guus Hiddink, will be replaced at the San Siro by former Brazilian international Leonardo. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed his appointment after seeing the Rossoneri clinch an automatic qualifying spot for next season’s Champions League.
Maldini and Figo bid farewell with wins
Paolo Maldini and Luis Figo brought down the curtain on their remarkable careers as their Milan clubs both scored victories on the final day of the Serie A season. The 40-year-old Maldini was playing his 902nd game for Milan who beat Fiorentina 2-0 while Portuguese international Figo helped champions Inter to a 4-3 win over Atalanta. Milan’s victory helped them secure the second Champions League place in Italy and automatic qualification to the group stages
Legend Figo ready to call curtain on career
Former World Player of the Year Luis Figo has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season. The 36-year-old is hoping to go out on a high note after Inter Milan’s match match of the Italian season at home to Atalanta on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have already wrapped up the Serie A title — the fourth that former Portugal captain Figo has won with the club since joining from Real Madrid in 2005
Inter secure fourth consecutive Scudetto
Inter Milan claimed their fourth successive Scudetto on Saturday night without kicking a ball, after AC Milan were beaten 2-1 by Udinese. The Rossoneri began the day seven points behind the Serie A leaders and needed at least a draw to keep alive their slims hopes of taking the trophy from their city rivals. But Udinese proved too strong at their Stadio Friuli and defeat means Carlo Ancelotti’s men can no longer catch Inter at the top of the table
Juventus great Nedved announces retirement
Juventus playmaker Pavel Nedved has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The former Czech Republic international nearly quit before the current campaign but instead opted to sign a new 12-month deal with the Turin club. But, speaking after the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday, he told www.uefa.com: I’m still enjoying playing but considering my physical and mental condition I understand that the time has come to make way for younger players — they deserve to play