The match between Roma and AC Milan was suspended for almost two minutes after Roma captain Francesco Totti complained about racist chanting from his own fans.
The latest incident to blight Italian football saw officials stop the game following racist chanting from the stands directed at AC Milan’s black players including Mario Balotelli and Kevin Prince Boateng.
Officials took the decision to temporarily halt the game following a sustained period of racist chanting by Roma fans after club captain Francesco Totti drew the referee’s attention to the issue.
Totti himself then gestured to fans to stop, before an announcement was made warning all fans about their behaviour. Following a two minute hold up, the game was then allowed to continue.
The trouble was the latest in a series of racist incidents that have further damaged the reputation of Italian football this season; with Mario Balotelli once again a victim of chanting by fans.
Show Racism the Red Card applauds the actions of Francesco Totti in drawing the referee’s attention to the behaviour of his own fans, and we await further details of sanctions against Roma with interest following strong statements on the handling of racist incidents by both Fifa and UEFA in recent weeks.
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