All 20 Serie A clubs condemn racism in open letter to fans after Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli incidents

There have been scenes of racial abuse involving Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Brescia’s Mario Balotelli this season.

Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants while taking a penalty for Inter against Cagliari in September and Balotelli booted the ball into the crowd after suffering racial abuse at Hellas Verona earlier this month.

AC Milan have led the campaign against racism, which has been supported by every Serie A club.

The statement read: ”An open letter to all those who love Italian football.

“We have to publicly recognise that we have a serious problem with racism. It’s a problem that we have not done enough to combat over the years.

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“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.

 

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