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Africans As Monkeys: Italian Football’s Racism Problem

Racist harassment at the hands of Italian fans exposes football's continued racism problem.

Lazio fans are known to be some of the most racist in football. Image via Wikimedia
This past Wednesday, Lazio fans jeered the 24-year-old French born Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly of the team Napoli with racist insults, prompting officials to suspend the game for three minutes. Lazio was later fined 50,000 Euros for the chants and the closure of the Curva Nord for two games.

The Lazio team manager, Stefano Pioli told Premium Sport, “It was chanting from the minority, but I don't think they were racist.” He continued, "We also have players of colour and they are treated well." A line strikingly similar to “but I have a black friend, so I can’t be racist.”

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