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Fiorentina fury over Atalanta’s ‘racist’ chants against owner Commisso


Atalanta supporters in the stands before the game against Fiorentina at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo on October 2, 2022. – Reuters pic

Monday 03 October 2022 05:00 MYT

BERGAMO, Oct 3 – Fiorentina have demanded government intervention after owner Rocco Commisso was targeted with chants they described as “racist” ahead of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Atalanta.

In a statement, Fiorentina chief executive Joe Barone said Atalanta fans had racially abused Commisso, with Italian media reporting chants mocking his southern Italian origins.

Commisso was born in Calabria on the doorstep of Italy, but as a child he moved to New York, where he eventually became an American citizen and wealthy media mogul.

“Today we witnessed a shameful episode, not of an individual but of a whole people,” said Barone, also Italian-American.

“We fought racism in America and today in Italy we have an unacceptable situation. Not only the league must intervene, but also CONI (Italian Olympic committee) and the government.

“We are disgusted and expect severe punishment.”

In Italy, chanting against southerners – known as ‘territorial discrimination’ – is taken as seriously as racial abuse against black people because of a history of discrimination against them in the wealthier northern region. of the country, such as Bergamo, where Atalanta is based.

The most common target for these chants is Napoli, the biggest and most recognizable club in southern Italy.

In August, Fiorentina were fined 15,000 euros for chants calling for the explosion of Vesuvius, a chant so popular among football fans that it even ended up on music streaming service Spotify. —AFP