Serie A toughens stance on racism

Following several recent incidents of racism in Italy's top flight, the FIGC have attempted to clamp down on the problem by handing out harsher penalties
The Italian FA (FIGC) has announced new measures to cope with racism in Serie A, including an automatic 10-match suspension in line with recent sanctions announced by Uefa.

Several recent incidents have blighted the game, including chants by Roma fans during a recent league match against Napoli and similar offences by Lazio supporters during their Europa League campaign that ultimately led to the club playing their home quarter-final fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach behind closed doors.

In an effort to eradicate such problems, the FIGC have announced plans to toughen their stance on the matter.

“Anyone who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons, including reasons tied to the colour of skin, race, religion or ethnic origin, will receive a ban of at least 10 games or any other sanction considered appropriate,” the organisation promised in a statement.

Punishments will range from fines to stadium closure to forfeiting matches, should the referee deem it necessary to take players from the playing field.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, six Pro Patria supporters who racially abused AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng back in a friendly match in January, were given prison sentences ranging from 40 days to two months.