Maltese Inter Community Welcomes Youth With Autism Home With Free Match Tickets After Wembley Incident
A silver lining to the dark cloud
The Maltese Inter community has stepped up to comfort a youth who was undeservedly kicked out of Wembley Stadium last Wednesday, proving the strong bonds of support the Maltese football community has when one of their own is in distress.
Darren Abela, the 23-year-old from Mellieħa who ended up jacket-less and alone outside Wembley Stadium after a miscommunication with a steward, returned to Malta to find numerous Inter well-wishers who hoped that his terrible experience in London wasn't going to effect his passion for the Italian football team.
Inter Club Malta invited Darren to their club in Santa Venera to see last night's Inter match, and offered the young man two match tickets to see Inter vs Roma
Darren, who often-times watches Inter matches alone at home, watched last night's match with the club members, surrounded by the blue and black colours he loves.
The Inter Club Malta's committee said they wanted to help Darren get over his ordeal, and pledged to give him two free tickets to go and see Inter vs Rome at the San Siro stadium in April.
They also gave him a year's membership with the club, as well as a number of Inter-branded memorabilia, welcoming him into the club with open arms
"When we heard about what happened to Darren, we immediately said we need to contact him and support him," club vice-president Joseph Vella said. "We are excited to send Darren and a guest of his choice up to San Siro... which is a better stadium than Wembley Stadium anyway," he laughed.
The ticket portal FC Inter Milan Tickets Malta also pledged to give Darren two match tickets of any game he chooses, be it from Serie A or a European cup tie
The tickets, which will be fully sponsored by the ticketing portal, will give Darren an opportunity to more than make up for the incident which left him questioning whether seeing his favourite team live is even worth it.
"The two match tickets will be fully sponsored from our end and he can choose whichever game he wants either being a Serie A league game or else a European cup tie," a representative of the portal said.
"It's the least we can do... after all, one of Inter's slogan states 'Brothers of the World' no matter the race and gender!"
"I would like to thank everyone for the immeasurable support I have received during the last few days," Darren said
Between the support and generosity of Inter Club Malta and FC Inter Milan Tickets Malta - as well as the outpouring of personal messages sent to Darren and his family - Darren was left speechless and truly touched.
"Many thanks go to the Inter Club of Malta, as well as FC Inter Milan Tickets Malta, and my close family and friends who have went out of their way to try and make up for this incident. This was something that could've easily happened to anyone, so I have been taken aback by the level of support received. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate," he said.
"And one final note... FORZA INTER AMALA!"