Last night the Serie A played host to 2 high octane fixtures, featuring Italian heavyweights pegged against each other in crucial ties.
While the games on display were admirable, the spectators on both occasions failed to follow suit.
Firstly, during AC Milan’s emphatic victory against AS Roma, racist chants were directed by Roma supporters towards Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
This wasn’t the first instance of Roma supporters targeting Ibra’s ethnicity and similar ‘gypsy’ chants were hurled at the Swedish striker during last October’s fixture between the two sides.
Appalled by what he saw, Roma manager Jose Mourinho quickly urged Roma supporters to drop the chant, which they adhered to but not for long.
As reportedly the chant continued as Zlatan warmed up near the touchline before his introduction into the game as a substitute, despite the Portuguese manager’s efforts.
Football in Italy has seemingly always faced adversity in the form of racism.
Derogatory comments directed at players of colour are unfortunately not an uncommon sight to see in the Italian top flight.
Moise Kean abused
Further evidence of this came during the frenetic 1-1 draw between Juventus and Napoli.
A clip from the game which surfaced online features ‘monkey’ chants being directed at Juventus number 18 Moise Kean.
The 21-year-old can be seen in possession of the ball near the touchline, prompting racist hollering from spectators.
On est en 2022 et écoutez le bruit de la part de certains supporters quand Kean a la balle. C’est scandaleux, aberrant, inadmissible. Bref je trouve pas les mots. #NoRacism ! ✊🏻✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/5sJJUSsRgM— Atakan Anil (@AtakanAnil2) January 6, 2022
In recent times, the footballing world has evidently made a move towards inclusivity for all. With that in mind, it’s unfortunate to see these sights persist, perhaps giving us a clearer picture of the challenge that lies ahead.