Saturday August 2 2014
Viola fans slam Tavecchio

Fiorentina ultras warned the FIGC if they let Carlo Tavecchio get away with racist comments, “then we expect the same treatment.”

The Viola were the first club to formally revoke their support for Tavecchio in the election for Federation President after he made racist comments.

“We are proud that the Della Valle family decided to no longer back Tavecchio’s candidacy as President of the FIGC,” said Filippo Pucci, head of the Centro di Coordinamento Viola Club.

“In a delicate situation like the name of the top figure and consequently the future and image of Italian football, it seems only right to us that the fans also make their voices heard.

“I send an appeal to all fan groups to say no to his candidacy in favour of new football, to be reformed and revitalised, as Fiorentina and other clubs hope.”

The Viola Club point out the FIGC cannot fight racism in football with someone who made racist comments in charge.

“If we accept Tavecchio’s apology for his racist comment, then we expect the same treatment for a group of supporters.

“We always condemn any type of racism or territorial discrimination, but if action is taken against fans when are involved in similar incidents, then it’s even more important that those in charge of Italian football set the example.”

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