Serie A: AS Roma bans fan for life, files police complaint following racist abuse aimed at Juan Jesus

Roma said on the club's official Twitter account it had filed a police complaint against the fan for using social media to send 'disgusting racist insults' to the player.

Agence France-Presse September 27, 2019 15:42:11 IST
Serie A: AS Roma bans fan for life, files police complaint following racist abuse aimed at Juan Jesus
  • AS Roma have banned a fan for life and informed the police of racist abuse aimed at Brazilian fullback Juan Jesus.

  • Italian football is regularly beset by racism controversies with players of African origin often targeted for abuse.

  • Inter Milan's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan's Ivorian player Franck Kessie have been targeted by monkey chants this season.

Rome: Italian top-flight club AS Roma have banned a fan for life and informed the police of racist abuse aimed at Brazilian fullback Juan Jesus.

Roma said on the club's official Twitter account it had filed a police complaint against the fan for using social media to send "disgusting racist insults" to the player.

"The person responsible will be banned from #ASRoma games for life," the club said.

Italian football is regularly beset by racism controversies with players of African origin often targeted for abuse.

Sunday's Italian league match between Atalanta and Fiorentina was halted for several minutes after racist chants were aimed at the Tuscan side's Brazilian player Dalbert in a game played in Parma.

Inter Milan's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan's Ivorian player Franck Kessie have been targeted by monkey chants this season.

Blaise Matuidi, Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean were also victims last season.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Monday made a plea to "kick racism out" of Italian football.

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