Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has insisted that Italy ‘is not a racist country,’ despite black players in Serie A being blighted by a series of racially fuelled attacks
Earlier this season, Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan spoke out against discrimination in football after he received racist abuse from Juventus fans in their 1-1 draw in September.
in Napoli’s victory over Fiorentina, a group of Napoli players were racially abused from the stands. Kalidou Koulibaly, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Andre-Frank Anguissa Amidst others were racially insulted.
Racially abused incidents have become a major talking point around Europe, as the return of fans to stadia has coincided with the return of discrimination towards players on the pitch.
In an interview ahead of Italy’s Nations League encounter with Spain, Chiellini was asked about racism in football and although he admitted he was ‘ashamed’ of the attack on Koulibaly and that ‘more must be done’, he stressed that Italy as a whole is ‘not a racist country’.
“It is unacceptable,” “We need laws and rules that are applied, this is the most important thing. I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me.
“Something more must be done, otherwise from the outside we give a bad image of ourselves.”
In April 2019, on a trip to Cagliari, Chiellini’s Juventus teammate Moise Kean received intense abuse and Leonardo Bonucci then sparked controversy by outrageously suggesting that the blame was ’50-50′ between the Italian forward and the supporters.
In the first semi-final of the UEFA Nations League. Italy face Spain on Wednesday evening .
Italy triumphed on penalties during the Euro 2020 semi final against Spain which pave way for them becoming champions of Europe.
Italy has been known for racist abuse over the past years now and though measures have been in place, it seems the football fans still haven’t got a change of mind in that.
More has to be done in the descrimination of black players abroad. Mario Ballotelli, Dani Alves to mention a few have all been victims.
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