Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Players flinging racial slurs will be 'eliminated' from team

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Rome, January 21 - General Director Raffaele
Ferrara of the fourth-tier Pro Patria team said on Monday that
if members of his team had used racist insults against players
from Turin's AS Casale during a youth match on Saturday, they
would be eliminated from the team.
"If the competent authorities verify that the supposed
incident took place, the player will be dropped from the team,
though he swore he did not say anything. I do not want to be the
judge, we need an investigation," Ferrara said.
Players from Casale walked off the field on Saturday in the
38th minute of play after 19-year-old Marco Padovan, originally
from Brazil, said that he heard racist insults directed at him
and team member Fabiano Ribeiro, also Brazilian, by a Pro Patria
player.
The incident comes 16 days after AC Milan's Ghanaian
midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led a walk-off during a friendly
after fans of Pro Patria directed racial jeers at
him and other black players.
Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for
a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents.
Sepp Blatter, the head of international soccer's governing
body FIFA, has said that walk-offs were the wrong way to deal
with racist incidents in soccer.
"The only solution is to be very harsh with the sanctions -
and the sanctions must be a deduction of points or something
similar," Blatter said following the Boateng incident.
Pro Patria was sanctioned for the jeering that caused the
Boateng walk-off January 3, but AC Milan was not sanctioned for
leaving the field.
Sports judge Gianpaolo Tosel noted that while a team is not
normally permitted to leave the field, unless ordered off by the
referee, the "essential values of sport and civility," allowed
players to make gestures of solidarity in the face of "vulgar
insults".
Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) chief Giancarlo
Abete said on Monday that "racism must be discussed, but
generalizations avoided otherwise we risk blowing the situation
out of proportion and making the country appear worse than it
is. We need to increase sanctions and provide more education".

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