Icardi clashes with Inter fans after latest loss

The Argentine was furious when travelling Nerazzurri supporters threw his jersey back at him following Sunday’s defeat to Sassuolo

Mauro Icardi was involved in an angry exchange with Inter fans after Sunday’s 3-1 Serie A loss at Sassuolo.

The Argentine was introduced as a second-half substitute at the Citta del Tricolore with the Nerazzurri trailing by two goals and dragged his side back into the game with his 83rd-minute strike. However, Domenico Berardi netted a penalty in the dying seconds to consign Inter to a second successive Serie A loss.

Inter’s players, including Icardi, went to thank the fans for their support after the full-time whistle, and threw their jersies into the crowd in a show of appreciation.

However, a number of shirts were thrown straight back at Roberto Mancini’s men and Icardi was particularly incensed by the return of his, with the Argentine having to be held back by club captain Andrea Ranocchia as he ranted at the Nerazzurri faithful.

Mancini, though, played down the seriousness of the incident after the game, while at the same time urging the fans to get behind their team.

“The players want to win and see they have been unlucky, so naturally that affects their confidence,” the 50-year-old coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It can also explain the tension at the end. I am very sorry for the boys and for the fans.

“Every now and then you can create misunderstandings but I hope everything will be resolved soon because we need our supporters.”

Icardi is Inter’s top scorer this season, with 11 goals in 21 Serie A appearances, but he is no stranger to controversy, having repeatedly made headlines because of his very public relationship with wife Wanda Nara.