All 20 Serie A clubs have signed a letter promising to tackle racism following a season of escalating incidents that have brought worldwide condemnation.
Italian football has been notoriously slow to tackle the issue of racism, with Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli and Dalbert all subjected to racist abuse this season.
This follows on from the previous campaign, when Blaise Matuidi, Moise Kean and Kalidou Koulibaly were all targeted for their skin colour.
Now, all 20 Serie A sides have attached their names to an open letter, where they vowed to make more of a concerted effort to eradicate the problem.
“We have to publicly recognise that we have a serious problem with racism,” it read.
“It’s a problem that we have not done enough to combat over the years.
“Images of players being racially abused in Italian football have been viewed and discussed all around the world this season and that shames us all.
“No individual should ever be subjected to racist abuse – inside or outside of football – and we can no longer stay silent on this issue or wait for it to magically disappear.
“Driven by the clubs, positive conversations have been held in recent weeks with Lega Serie A, FIGC and international experts on how to tackle and eradicate this issue from the game.
“We, the undersigned clubs, are united by our desire for serious change and Lega Serie A has stated its intention to lead the way by delivering a comprehensive and robust Serie A anti-racism policy, stricter new laws and regulations and a plan for educating those within the game about the scourge of racism.
“We don’t have any more time to waste.
“We must now act with speed, with purpose and with unity and we call on you, the fans, to support us in this vitally important endeavour.”
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