The chairman of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malago was furious with racist acts carried out by unscrupulous football supporters in Serie A. He said, racism was no worse than the diving action of players in the penalty box.
The scathing criticism of the problem of racism in Serie A seems to never end. Several cases have occurred on the playing field this season, as happened to Romelu Lukaku.
The Inter Milan striker was treated less favorably by Cagliari fans when he scored the Nerazzurri’s first winner from the spot (penalty). Since then a series of harassment against players has continued.
Franck Kessie was harassed by Hellas Verona fans when delivering Milan to a 0-1 win. Seeing this situation, Malago admitted that racism was no worse than the diving action of players in the penalty box.
“Fans who taunt black players are wrong. However, it is even more wrong if there is someone who gets paid 3 million euros diving in the forbidden box and then feels happy to execute a penalty,” Malago told Radio24 quoted from LiveScore, Thursday (9/26) / 2019).
Malago then insisted that racism that occurred in Serie A deserves to be punished for their actions. “Of course there is a penalty needed for racism as everything that has been said in the last few years has helped nothing. It is important to attack this problem in a concrete way,” he said.
The case of racism that occurred in the Italian League invited FIFA attention. The World Football Federation is asking the FIGC to give severe penalties to the perpetrators. That was stated by FIFA President, Gianni Infantino.
“Racism is opposed to education, criticism, and discussion. You cannot have an attitude of racism in society or football. In Italy, the situation is not developing and this is a serious problem. You must know who is responsible and throw them out of the stadium. You “It requires, like in England, the certainty of punishment. You must not be afraid of condemning racism, we must fight it to a halt,” Infantino stressed.