Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Capello says Italy must learn from England on racism

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Rome, May 14 - Fabio Capello said Tuesday that
Italian football should learn from England and Spain as it tries
to rid itself of racism.
Italian soccer has been hit by several shameful incidents
of racism in recent years and Sunday's Serie A match between AC
Milan and AS Roma was briefly suspended because Roma fans
directed monkey chants at black Milan players.
Russian coach Capello said the problem stemmed from the
hardcore 'ultra' fans of many Serie A clubs, some of whom
feature extreme rightwing elements, and said the authorities had
to take stronger action.
"Italy must learn from England, where some very tough
decisions have been taken, and from Spain, where the game is
played peacefully, without any monkey chants," the former
England, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and Milan boss told state
broadcaster Rai.
"The problem comes from the ultras. It's a battle I've been
trying to take forward for years.
"Then there's the justice system, not sporting justice but
ordinary justice, that does not take many decisions compared to
England".
Capello said he agreed with the assessment of Damiano
Tommasi, the head of the Italian professional footballers'
association, who said Monday that 'no-fly zones' have developed
in many Italian stadiums where fans can do as they like.
This is because the Italian police tend not intervene in
the 'curva' end-stands of grounds that the ultras often occupy
because of concerns this could cause big clashes.
Capello added that he was surprised Manchester City had
sacked Italian coach Roberto Mancini, saying he suspected it may
have been the result of an "internal feud" at the English club.
He also said that Juventus will win next year's Serie A
title "without problems" after retaining the scudetto with three
matches to spare earlier this month.

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