Serie A Release Statement Concerning ‘Unacceptable’ Incidents of Racial Abuse in Italian Football
A spokesperson for Serie A has commented on the matter, saying (via ESPN): “Lega Serie A strongly condemns the racist episodes and the spreading of discriminatory chanting and violent images on social media as has occurred in these past few days.
“Sport should herald respect, inclusion and the togetherness in harmony — values which are at the base of the social initiatives Lega Serie A has always promoted.”
Critics, such as the organisation Kick It Out, have suggested that Italian football doesn’t take the matter seriously enough and current punishments are far from suitable.
The spokesperson for Serie A claimed that the league is doing its best to rectify this and assured that everything will be done to kick racism out of Italian football.
“It is not acceptable to hear intolerant, verbal attacks in our stadiums and, like in the past, with recent modifications to the Sporting Justice code, thanks to the work from Lega Serie A and the FIGC, we will do everything in our power to supervise and prevent any similar incidents.”