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Massimo Ferrero has apologised after
saying he told Massimo Moratti to "kick
out that Filippino" in reference to
Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, in
the latest racism gaffe to hit Italian
In a statement on the club's Web site
yesterday, Ferrero says "I did not mean
to disrespect for Mr Thohir, the Inter
directors or the people of the
Ferrero adds "I was trying to praise
Massimo Moratti and all he has given to
Inter and Italian football for 20 years."
When discussing Moratti's decision to
resign as honourary president of Inter
Milan on a television show earlier, the
Samp owner said "I had told him: kick
out that Filipino."
Italian football federation president
Carlo Tavecchio is serving a six-month
UEFA ban for racist comments.
Sampdoria President apologises for racist remark
won silver in the
men s 50m breast-
stroke in 26.91 sec-
onds at the
Cup in China, on Fri-
"My team played a
fantastic game, it s
not easy to play here
United, a Manchester
United that tried to
play very compact
and hit us on the
after his team s 1--1
draw against Man-
chester United yes-
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BARCELONA---Real Madrid s com-
manding 3--1 win over Barcelona at
the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday
leaves the two Spanish giants poised
to dispute the title that escaped them
Barcelona arrived in the capital
unbeaten and aiming for a win that
would have increased its lead over
Madrid to seven points.
Instead, Madrid s comeback dealt
Barcelona its first league loss of the
season and closed the gap to just one
point through nine rounds.
The title race could barely be tighter
at this early stage. The mood, however,
in the rivals home cities was entirely
different yesterday morning.
Madrid-based sport daily Marca
splashed the headline They Ate Them
Alive! and fellow Madrid-friendly AS
declared "That s The Way Madrid
Wins," playing on a common anti-
Madrid chant at rival stadiums.
Meanwhile, SPORT summed up the
sentiment in Barcelona with "A Dis-
appointing Leader" after Barcelona
faded fast following Neymar s fourth-
minute opener from a pass by new-
comer Luis Suarez.
Lionel Messi could only manage one
good scoring chance that Madrid goal-
keeper Iker Casillas did well to turn
away, and Barcelona s defence went
from shaky to shambles in the second
But Barcelona can take heart from
Suarez s surprisingly strong return after
a four-month ban from competitive
matches for biting an Italian opponent
at the World Cup.
Although still not fit for a full match,
in his 69 minutes the Uruguay forward
offered the most constant threat
Barcelona could muster, setting up Ney-
mar s opener and almost getting a sec-
ond assist for Messi that would have
made it 2--0.
His sturdier frame---compared to
Messi and Neymar---was clear by the
way he held his own against Madrid s
physical defenders, and he showed no
signs of rust from his long layoff.
"The result doesn t sink us," said
Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez.
"We believe in what we are doing."
Coach Luis Enrique, however, faced
questions over why his team failed to
compete in the second half, and the
first-year manager will surely be scru-
tinised for his decision to take Xavi off
with his team down 2--1 and not to
start speedy back Jordi Alba.
Madrid lost its two league "clasicos"
last season, but overall it has turned
the tide against Barcelona since the
departure of former coach Pep Guardi-
ola in 2012.
Under Guardiola, Barcelona domi-
nated Madrid with a record of nine
wins, four draws and two losses. Since
then, Madrid has won five, drawn two
and lost three.
Madrid roared back from Neymar s
early goal and shredded Barcelona s
record of eight clean sheets to start the
The hosts offered an unbeatable mix
of their traditional counterattacking
style with a new willingness to dispute
the hallmark possession of their fierce
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for an 11th
straight game when he levelled with a
penalty in the 35th after Gerard Pique
had clumsily handled in the area.
Pepe then headed in a corner in the
50th before Karim Benzema capped his
excellent performance with a goal after
a collective defensive gaffe to put an
early end to the contest in the 61st.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti got it right by
replacing the injured Gareth Bale with
another midfielder, Francisco "Isco"
Alarcon, to equal forces with Barcelona
in the middle.
"We saw a Real Madrid that also
knew how to keep possession of the
ball," Madrid defender Sergio Ramos
said. "They are not the only ones who
can pass. It was a day to enjoy. We
knew who to handle the phases of the
match, when we needed to launch
counterattacks and when to keep pos-
session, something which they are used
to dominating. And that hurt them a
The result also benefited the other
top teams in the league.
Valencia closed to within two points
of the pacesetters with a 3--1 win over
Elche, and Sevilla and defending cham-
pion Atletico Madrid can tighten the
race even further with wins on Sun-
Yet given the even greater collection
of talent Madrid and Barcelona have
amassed this season, the league title
will likely come down to the two pow-
erhouses who shared nine straight tro-
phies before Atletico s triumph last sea-
Madrid sets up season-long
fight with Barcelona
Barcelona's Luis Suarez, centre, in action with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right,
during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid,
Spain, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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