Tuesday October 8 2019
New anti-racism body created

The Italian Government will create a new body solely to identify and eradicate racist discrimination in sport from March 2020.

It was announced by Head of the National Anti-Discrimination Office (UNAR) Triantafillos Loukarelis on news agency ANSA.

This observatory against racism in sport will have a particular focus on football stadiums.

It will be fully operational by the launch date of March 21, 2020, which is the world day against racial discrimination.

Loukarelis had a meeting with representatives of the players’ union and Coaches yesterday, assuring he received “positive feedback.”

This new body, and the change in rules on punishing clubs for the behaviour of a handful of fans, are the latest steps as Italian authorities try to update their dated framework for dealing with racist supporters.

The focus can now shift to individual fans being identified and banned from stadiums, whereas before the clubs tended to be penalised, leading to ultras groups blackmailing them with the threat of fines.

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