Wednesday September 25 2019
CONI: Diving worse than racism

Olympics chief Giovanni Malago has sparked controversy by claiming that diving is a bigger problem in Italian football than racism.

Serie A has come under global scrutiny for letting the issue of racism fester, with no less than four incidents already this season.

However, Malago – who heads the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) – believes simulation is “even more wrong” than monkey chants.

“The fans who jeer black players are wrong,” he told Radio24.

“However, it’s even more wrong when someone who earns €3m dives in the box and is then also happy to take the penalty.”

Just last night, Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic was called a “gypsy” by Brescia fans.

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