Ince threat to quit Italy over taunts

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Paul Ince has warned that racial abuse could force him to leave Italy. The England midfielder, who joined Internazionale from Manchester United for pounds 7m last summer, was sickened by "negro" taunts directed at him during Inter's 4-2 victory at Cremonese on Saturday.

Ince, 28, scored his first goal for the club, but was later booked for sarcastically applauding the jeering Cremonese supporters. "I didn't come to Italy to be a target for people who call me a negro in public," he said. "This sort of behaviour doesn't take place in England. I will have to give a lot of thought to whether I stay here or not."

The Inter president, Massimo Moratti, who is to meet Ince later this week to discuss his future, said: "Paul's goal is a minor consolation for all the abuse. He has my sympathy."

Paul Gascoigne will be given permission to miss England's friendly against Hungary on 18 May - their last Wembley warm-up match before the European Championship finals - so that he can play for Rangers against Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on the same day.

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