Inter to be without top scorer for derby against Milan as league confirms suspension

By Oliver Fisher -

Inter will be without prolific striker Lautaro Martinez when they face Milan at San Siro on February 9.

The Argentine striker was sent off for showing dissent towards the referee during this weekend’s game against Cagliari.

The Nerazzurri were held 1-1 by the Sardinian side in what was a feisty early encounter at San Siro. Martinez got the opener for Antonio Conte’s side before ex-Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan came back to bite his former side with a second-half equaliser.

Martinez was then shown a straight red card (after an initial yellow) by referee Gianluca Manganiello after his very vocal dissent towards a late decision, and the Argentine even punched a glass screen three times on his way off.

Now, it has been confirmed by the sporting judge that the forward has been handed a two-match ban and as such will miss the upcoming Derby della Madonnina.

Martinez has 16 goals in Serie A so far this season, as many as strike partner Romelu Lukaku but at a more prolific strike rate of 126 minutes per goal.

The unsavoury events in that game were not just restricted to on-field action, as MilanNews.it reports that the Curva Nord directed discriminatory chants aimed at Ibrahimovic.

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