Friday September 27 2019
Commisso: Expected more from Atalanta

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso “expected something stronger” from Atalanta after Dalbert was racially abused by one of their fans.

Play was temporarily halted while a message was read out over the stadium speaker following racist insults aimed at Dalbert.

Atalanta at first downplayed the incident, then released a statement condemning the actions of a few individuals.

“This message has to be stated and restated that these types of chants are unacceptable,” Italian-American Commisso told ViolaNation.

“I expected something stronger after what happened inside the stadium from those responsible at the Atalanta club, the ownership and coaching staff.

“The strongest comments came from the Mayor of Parma [the game was being played in Parma because Atalanta’s stadium in Bergamo is being renovated]. I appreciated that and rightly so.

“I don’t accept that in Florence and I hope they don’t accept that in Bergamo.”

Meanwhile, some clubs are beginning to take real action against racist fans.

After Juan Jesus was racially abused via Instagram by a Roma fan, the Giallorossi reported the supporter to police and gave him a lifetime ban from their games.

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