Following continued failed campaigns for racism, it is time to set a precedence for a zero-tolerance policy on racism in modern-day football.
On the 2nd of April 2019, racism reared it’s head again in a game between Cagliari and Juventus. Moise Kean, an Italian national team player, was subjected to racist chanting. This is unacceptable but shockingly not the first time that this fan base have behaved in this way. Blaise Matuidi was last time the target when the two sides met January 2018.
Many black professional footballers such as Antonio Rudiger have called for the Italian Football Federation to do more to tackle this issue. It has been met with lacklustre punishments. The Matuidi incident last year went unpunished, however a partial stadium ban and fine was administered to Verona for “the expression of racial discrimination”. This is not enough.
We football fans are calling for a zero-tolerance policy on racism. This should mean a points deduction for clubs who’s fanbases partake in racist behaviour. This behaviour has been tolerated for too long with inadequate punishments, and it is time to bring racists who have a love for football to justice, using football.
We are calling on Fiona May, coordinator of the comission for inergration, to help us stamp out racism using an effective disciplinary system.