AS Roma life-bans fan for racially abusing defender Juan Jesus
Rome: Italian football club AS Roma have handed a lifetime suspension to a fan for racially abusing Brazilian defender Juan Jesus on social media.
The development comes after anti-discriminatory body Fare said Italian football officials and their disciplinary systems to fight against racism were not fit for purpose.
Roma tweeted an image of the messages -- including details of the account -- and confirmed they had reported the same to the police.
Fare executive director Piara Powar added "the rot is deep" and "no-one is taking the issue seriously", but Serie A insisted it was "seriously and constantly engaged in activities against racism".
Italian Premier praises ban
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has applauded a lifetime ban for a soccer supporter who racially abused Roma defender Juan Jesus on social media.
The Brazilian — who is black — posted a screenshot of the messages on Instagram. Roma says it has reported the account to Italian police and Instagram and that "the person responsible will be banned from #ASRoma games for life."
Conte backed Roma's stance on Friday, writing on Twitter that "The person who insulted Juan Jesus yesterday has no passion for sport, he should stay outside sports stadiums for life."
One of Conte's predecessors, Matteo Renzi, also praised the Serie A club. Renzi retweeted the club's post, with the comment "well done to Roma, this is the right path."
Italian sports authorities have been criticized for their lack of punishment after three cases of discriminatory chants during the opening five rounds of the Italian league.
(With inputs from agencies)