Insisting that nothing has changed their approach to such a vital social issue, the Italian Football Federation and Serie A has today reiterated its commitment to kick racism victims out of football.
Speaking after Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari was booked and suspended for reporting racist abuse by Cagliari fans, Serie A president Maurizio Beretta stated that he and his organisation would not rest until the toxic culture of reporting acts of racism to authorities was a thing of the past.
“Reporting racism to referees and officials is something we had hoped was from a bygone era but unfortunately we have been proven wrong. We have made it abundantly clear in recent years that we will not accept such reports, and we hope this most recent ban will send a message to others out there,” said Beretta today.
“Whether it is the horrific behaviour of [Kevin-Prince] Boateng in 2013 or Muntari recently, make no mistake that Italian football has no place for outspoken racism victims. Our job is far from done, but we will keep working tirelessly until all scrutiny on racism in Italian football is weeded out.”