Racist Italian chanting a disgrace

by admin

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Italian Football Roundup

Eto’o silences racist chants in Inter win, Lazio go top, while Fiorentina sink to the bottom.

Only three minutes had passed before referee Paolo Tagliavento was forced to halt the Cagliari versus Internazionale game following racist chanting from the home crowd. While only a small minority were involved in the abuse, they were vocal enough to force the game to be stopped while the crowd were warned three times the game would be abandoned if the chants continued.

Inter’s Samuel Etoo was the primary target of the chants and the Cameroonian has long been unpopular in Sardinia. In 2002 he fathered a child with a Sardinian woman but refused to accept the child was his until a DNA test proved his paternity two years later. This is clearly no excuse especially when the chants were also directed at Maicon and Jonathan Biabiany while last year Mario Balotelli and Juventus’ Mohamed Sissoko were both targets at the Stadio Sant’Ella.

The moronic chants did not stop Etoo scoring to give Inter a hard-fought 1-0 win and Rafa Benitez’s side now sit in third place on 14 points behind neighbours AC Milan and Lazio.
So while the champions struggled in Sardinia it was Lazio who returned to the top of an increasingly tight league after overcoming Bari in an unconvincing 2-0 away win thanks to second half strikes from Hernanes and Sergio Floccari.

AC Milan had briefly topped the table after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chievo thanks to Robinho’s first goal for the Rossoneri and two Alexandra Pato goals.
Goals from Marco Borriello and Matteo Brighi gave Roma only their second Serie A win of the season, beating Genoa 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is fighting to save his job after his side’s poor start to the season continued losing 2-1 away to Sampdoria, at the battle-scarred Stadio Luigi Ferraris, despite leading up until the final ten minutes before two quick-fire goals from Reto Ziegler and Antonio Cassano secured the points for Domenico Di Carlo’s side.

Napoli head into their midweek European match against Liverpool sitting in fourth after a 1-1 draw with Catania, Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the 39th minute for Napoli before Alejandro Dario Gomez equalised in the 69th minute for the home side

Juventus ran easy 4-0 winners’ thanks a Milos Krasic inspired performance and goals from Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani, Felipe Melo, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Del Piero.
Palermo convincingly saw off Bologna 4-1 thanks to strikes from Javier Pastroe, Josip Ilicic, Mauricio Ferreira Pinilla and Armin Bacinovic while Marco Di Vaio grabbed a consolation for Bologna.

Cesena and Parma could only battle to a 1-1 draw with Erjon Bogdani opening for the scoring for the home side before Cristian Zaccardo struck for Parma.

While at the wrong end of the table Udinese secured what could prove to be a vital 1-0 away win thanks to a 80th minute winner from Bernardo Corradi over mid-table Brescia.

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  • Tim

    I don’t know how the italians keep getting away with it, we got a massive ban for crowd trouble in the 80’s, yet they are responsible for match fixing, racist chanting and crowd trouble, all they got was a 1 year euro ban, absolute disgrace!!

  • http://www.dexysden.com Michael Cotton

    I agree there have been some horrendous incidents in Italy over the years – anyone remember when ‘ultras’ hurled a scooter from the second tier of the San Siro? Tottenham go to the San Siro tomorrow – you can only hope there won’t be any trouble.

  • Tim

    Tottenham do have a reputation so has all the markings of yet more trouble, then what? Fine them, enough is enough, a lengthy ban is needed!

  • dexylongshot

    Too right, fining with the amount of dosh clubs make these days is waste of time. Longer bans and proper longuns, not just a year here and there. I can’t believe the match fixing was dealt with so lightly, the racism is also never going to be erradicated unless harsh penalties are served up, Uefa should grow some cojones! You can guarantee, as soon as it’s a British team involved in something, World footy is up in arms loading up the book cannons to chuck at us. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was trouble this week in the Champs League.

    In other news, my beloved Italian team Lazio are perched at the top of the Italian tree!


  • http://www.dexysden.com Michael Cotton

    Cagliari have been fined €25,000 for the racist chanting. Swift action taken by the Italian FA, but surely making teams play behind closed doors is the only truly effective punishment?

  • Tim

    25,000 euro? What a joke, what kind of message does that out?

  • marco

    I don’t understand, what’s the problem? So they chant against blacks big deal. You english are the absolute worst hooligan animals, always looking for violence.

  • Adam Webster

    Marco, did you not have your brain in when you typed that comment? Or are you simply trolling?

    Racism of any type has NO place in the modern world.

    As for hooliganism, we are far better now than in years gone by. The worst hooligans I have ever had the displeasure of meeting were the Italians at an Italy v Wales game. Hanging would have been too good for the retards who thought it funny to throw parts of the stadium at visiting fans with families and young children in attendance.

  • Adam Webster

    A 25,000 euro fine is nothing.

    Ban them from the competition for five years.

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