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Monday June 1 2020
Chiellini takes racism stand

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has taken a stand against racism following the death of George Floyd. “If it still wasn’t clear, black lives matter.”

Protests are taking place around the world after Floyd was suffocated to death by a police officer in the American city of Minneapolis.

Reacting to the incident, Chiellini spoke of his ‘shock’ as he threw his support behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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Sunday May 3 2020
Materazzi: 'Zidane, racist abuse and insults'

Marco Materazzi reveals what he said to Zinedine Zidane before the headbutt, but shows a lack of understanding when it comes to racist abuse. ‘Fines are so self-righteous now.’

The former Inter defender has always been a controversial figure, none more so than when he was knocked down flat by Zidane during the 2006 World Cup Final.

Speaking in an Instagram Live chat with Nicolò De Vitis, Matrix gave a slightly different version of what he said to Zidane.

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Friday February 14 2020
Cagliari issue lifetime bans

Cagliari have identified and imposed lifetime bans on three supporters who were deemed guilty of shouting racist abuse during home games.

The Sardinians have been at the centre of attention in recent seasons pertaining to racist abuse suffered by opposing players by certain sections of the Cagliari support.

Blaise Matuidi, Moise Kean and Romelu Lukaku have all been subjected to racist taunts during trips to Cagliari.

The club had been slow to react to the issue.

However the club have now finally taken measures.

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Monday February 10 2020
Verona and Roma fans banned

A group of eight Hellas Verona ultras have been banned from stadiums for trying to bring in Hitler hats, while Roma threw out a supporter for racist abuse.

Police found the woolly hats during a standard search as the Verona fans were preparing to enter the Stadio Dall’Ara for the game against Bologna on January 19.

They all had the same design, namely a swoop of black to resemble Hitler’s hair, with his moustache replaced by the ‘Scala’ – ladder – symbol of the city of Verona.

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Thursday February 6 2020
Pisacane: 'Racism the evil of football'

Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane said “racism is the evil of football” and has claimed we “give it importance” by talking about it.

The Rossoblu star was attending an event about immigration and integration in Cagliari and insisted that “we need to find another way” to deal with the problem.

He suggested to stop talking about it and not give it the attention to make it

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Friday January 24 2020
Lukaku: 'Keep racists out of the stadium'

Romelu Lukaku warned the potential of Serie A is being held back by racism in the stadium. “Sometimes we players have to take matters into our own hands.”

The former Manchester United striker spoke at length to Sky Sports UK and you can read the rest of his comments here.

While Lukaku has embraced his new experience in Italy, there are some areas where Serie A really has to step up and improve, above all clamping down on racism.

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Monday January 20 2020
Lazio demand 'reimbursement' from ultras

Lazio sent a letter to individual fans who made Fascist salutes during a Europa League game against Rennes requesting €50,000 in damages.

The club is trying to take action against the fringe of Far Right ultras who continue to give Lazio a bad name, not just in Italy, but in Europe.

The situation came to a head during the Europa League match against Rennes on October 3, which resulted in UEFA closing a section of the Stadio Olimpico stands as punishment for the next match, along with a €20,000 fine.

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Thursday January 9 2020
Racist supporter given five-year ban

A Hellas Verona fan who racially abused Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has been given a five-year ban from all sporting events.

The incident occurred during a Serie A game at the Stadio Bentegodi, when Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands at the precise area where the offensive chants were coming from.

Verona insisted nobody had heard these racist ‘monkey noises’, only for a Verona fan in the crowd to upload a video to social media where they were clearly audible.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Lazio condemn racist fans

Lazio have released a statement condemning racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli during the Brescia game, pledging legal action against fans responsible.

The 2-1 victory at the Stadio Rigamonti was halted for a couple of minutes when offensive chants were aimed at Balotelli, including some of a racist nature.

The striker sent out a message on Instagram this afternoon about the incident.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Balotelli: 'Shame on Lazio fans'

Mario Balotelli sent a message after Brescia’s 2-1 defeat, with play temporarily halted for offensive chants. “Lazio fans that were there today, SHAME ON YOU!”

Balo had opened the scoring at the Stadio Rigamonti, but a Ciro Immobile brace turned it around for a Biancocelesti victory in stoppages.

During the first half, play was stopped for a couple of minutes after Balotelli was subjected to insulting chants from the stands.

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