Racism in football: Serie A clubs pledge to combat abuse in Italy
All 20 Serie A clubs have made a combined pledge to combat Italian soccer’s”serious difficulty” with racism since there is no more”time to waste”.
The top-flight clubs said they could”no longer remain quiet” after a few recent episodes where Serie A players have been racially abused.
“it is a problem we have not done enough to combat over time,” the clubs mentioned in an open letter on Friday.
“We, the undersigned clubs, which are united by our desire for severe shift.”
Earlier this season, Brescia’s Mario Balotelli called enthusiasts who shouted racist abuse at him”small minded” and”imbeciles”.
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku explained the abuse that he endured in September, when Cagliari lovers made monkey noises after the Belgian scored a penalty, revealed the match was”going backward”.
The club were later rid of racist chanting, resulting in the head of anti-discriminatory body to say that Italian football authorities and their disciplinary systems to fight racism have been”not fit for purpose”.
Serie A says it plans to deliver”a detailed and robust” anti-racism coverage with brand new, stricter regulations and laws.
“Images of players being abused in Italian soccer have been seen and discussed all around the world this year which shames us all,” the letter added.
“No person should be exposed to racist abuse – indoors or outside of football – and we can’t remain silent on this problem or wait for it to disappear.
“We don’t have some time to waste.
“We must now act with pace, with purpose and together with unity and we call on you, the fans, to help us in this vitally important endeavour.”