Italian Players Association: Captains Should Walk Off The Pitch During Racist Chants

The authorities are calling for special measures against racism where captains will be free to walk off without fear of reprisals...
The Italian Players Association (AIC) is urging the football authorites to give team captains special powers that will allow them to walk off the pitch at the first hint of racist chanting.

Concern has grown ahead of the derby d'Italia between Juventus and Inter and there are fears Mario Balotelli will be targeted by racist fans.

Beneamata captain Javier Zanetti has already warned that he could tell his team to abandon the game should there be any sign of abusive behaviour from the crowd, The AIC have now added their voice to the situation, and they have given him their backing.  

"The AIC will ask the federation of captains to allow them to suspend the game. It wouldn't be a bad idea if team captains turn to the referee and ask him to abandon the game," president of the AIC Sergio Campana told Radio Anchio Lo Sport.

"The players agree with these measures too as this will bring an end to all this badness.

"Juve-Inter? I don't know what will happen during the game, but we must consider stopping matches in order to eradicate these incidents."

Salvatore Landolina,