Atalanta given €10,000 fine by Italian FA for racist abuse directed at Dalbert
Atalanta given €10,000 fine by Italian FA for racist abuse directed at Dalbert during Serie A clash last month
- Dalbert asked the referee to halt play during Fiorentina’s clash with Atalanta
- A sports judge said chants had not been ‘clearly heard’ by officials at the game
- But based on Dalbert’s evidence Gerardo Mastrandrea imposed the fine
Atalanta have been fined €10,000 (£9,000) by the Italian league for racist abuse by their fans aimed at Fiorentina defender Dalbert during a Serie A match last month.
Italian football federation (FIGC) sports judge Gerardo Mastrandrea imposed the fine based on Dalbert’s evidence, adding that the chants had not been ‘clearly heard’ by officials at the game.
The 26-year-old Brazilian asked the referee to halt play because of the abuse half an hour into the game on September 22 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.
Atalanta have been fined €10,000 (£9,000) for racist abuse aimed at Dalbert by their fans
Play was suspended for three minutes while a warning was broadcast to jeers and whistles from a section of the crowd, before play resumed. Fiorentina won the match, 1-0.
The next day, during The FIFA Best Football Awards ceremony in Milan, FIFA president Gianni Infantino responded by urging Italian football to tackle racism.
‘This is not acceptable any more, we have to say ‘no’ to racism in society. We have to kick racism out of football and society once and for all,’ said Infantino.
The 26-year-old Brazilian asked the referee to halt play because of the abuse after half an hour
The problem is a recurring one in Italian football.
This season Inter Milan’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie have been targeted by monkey calls without any sanctions being applied.
Blaise Matuidi, Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean were also victims of racist abuse last season.