Italian football authorities must take a tougher stance on racism following yet another incident of racial abuse in Serie A, according to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina was temporarily suspended after Fiorentina defender Dalbert Henrique was subjected to racist abuse by Atalanta fans.
After about 30 minutes, the Brazilian approached the referee and appeared to look towards the stands in the direction of the insults.
An announcement was read out over the stadium tannoy system warning fans the match would not be restarted until the chants had stopped. The game eventually resumed after a delay of several minutes.
“Racism is combated with education, condemnation and discussion,” Infantino said on a program aired by Italian state broadcaster RAI. “You can’t have racism in society or in football. In Italy the situation hasn’t improved and this is serious.
“You need to identify those responsible and throw them out of the stadiums. You need, as in England, the certainty of the penalty. You can’t be afraid to condemn racists, we need to combat them until they stop.”
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) told CNN it is waiting to receive a decision from the league’s disciplinary body before making a decision on any potential punishment.
On Tuesday, the FIGC said Cagliari would not be punished for the racist monkey chants directed towards Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku by its fans, while no punishment has been handed to Hellas Verona for its fans racially abusing AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie last week.