Prandelli: We need to be tougher on racism
By Football News
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes tougher punishments are needed if the country is to eradicate racism at professional football matches.
Milan pair Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng were subjected to racist abuse during their side's 0-0 draw with Roma on Sunday, which was briefly stopped by the referee in an attempt to force the visitors supporters to bring chanting to a halt.
Roma were fined 50,000 euros as punishment for the incidents, but Prandelli feels the penalties handed out for racism in Italy do not go far enough.
He said: "Now a clear policy has been taken. The referee has the choice to not only suspend a match, like he did, but he can stop it. We cannot look back. We shouldn't tolerate this behaviour from supporters any more. It's not about Balotelli, it's about the credibility of our football."
The thoughts of Prandelli were shared by Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, who feels that the issue of racism is causing severe damage to the reputation of the Italian game.
"They [supporters] have to stop with these chants," he explained.
"People must learn to behave. I'm sick of it; it's shameful. The violence within stadiums has almost been eradicated, because now we don't have such disorders like in the past.
"Likewise if we want stop racism, we can do it. I think we can defeat those minorities and this is the way . There's no other way, these chants have to stop."