Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

RAI journalist suspended for anti-Neapolitan 'racism'

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Rome, October 22 - State broadcaster RAI on Monday
suspended a journalist from its regional news service in
Piedmont for a report that was offensive to Neapolitans before
Saturday's top-of-the-table Serie A match between Juventus and
Napoli.
In the report that sparked a wave of complaints, the
suspended journalist, Giampiero Amandola, spoke about the
"stink" of Neapolitans in an interview with a Juve fan.
The report also featured a clip of Juve supporters singing
a chant telling Neapolitans to "wash". Juventus are based in
Turin, the capital of Piedmont.
Rai apologised for what it described as an "undignified,
shameful" report and said it had suspended Amandola pending
disciplinary proceedings.
"Rai's Director-General (Luigi Gubitosi) apologised
personally and in the name of the whole company to Naples Mayor
Luigi de Magistris," read a statement from the network.
"Rai has always been in the front line in the fight against
every form of racism and the stupidity that accompanies it".
Juventus beat second-placed Napoli 2-0 on Saturday to move
three points clear of them at the top of Serie A.

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