The Italian football association’s President has come out and condemned the racist abuse Roma defender Juan received during the weekend’s Rome derby.
The game, which Lazio won 2-1, was marred in the second half by continued racist chants aimed at the Giallorosso centre-back. The Aquile have been fined €20,000 for failing to control their supporters, whilst head of the Italian FA, Giancarlo Abete has now come out to add his weight behind condemnation of sections of the club’s fans.
“We are at the forefront in the fight against racism,” declared Abete on Monday afternoon.
“There is a great commitment against discrimination. In early May we will organise a European conference with the [European-based anti-racism] organisation FARE.
“Racist behaviour is unacceptable.
“We must intensify this battle. There should be respect for diversity because we belong to one race, the human race.”