Italiano: ‘Racism? The culprits must be identified and banned’

epa09462399 Fiorentina's coach Vincenzo Italiano during the Italian Serie A soccer match Atalanta BC vs Fiorentina at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy, 11 Semptember 2021. EPA-EFE/PAOLO MAGNI

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano said the fans ‘guilty’ of racist abuse should be ‘banned’ from entering sporting events but doesn’t ‘find it right that an entire city is pursued’.

The Kalidou Koulibaly case at the Artemio Franchi has been writing headlines in Italian media, as the Senegal international was racially abused after Napoli’s 3-1 win in Florence.

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Italiano believes the culprits should be ‘identified and punished’ but stressed the discrimination didn’t involve the ‘entire city or stadium’.

“The perpetrators must be identified and punished, nothing more to say,” Italiano told Il Corriere dello Sport. “In this case the person responsible is one.

“I don’t find it right that an entire city is involved, an entire stadium is pursued.

“A ban for many years to those who have been guilty of the gesture, as has been done in other cases, I think it’s the best way to try to limit the problem.”

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