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Italian prosecutors won't charge Tavecchio over 'racist' comments

Newly elected federation president has 'no case to answer' over banana jibe

ITALIAN football prosecutors won’t take any action against new federation president Carlo Tavecchio over allegedly racist comments he made.

The 71-year-old whipped up a storm of revulsion when he referred to a hypothetical foreign player “eating bananas” in Africa before moving to Italy to play football.

Fifa and Uefa both opened investigations but Italian FA FICG has already closed its enquiry.

Federal prosecutor Stefano Palazzi said his analysis of the comments had not revealed “any facts of disciplinary importance to charge … Tavecchio both in objective and subjective terms.”
Tavecchio had reportedly said: “England identifies the players coming in and, if they are professional, they are allowed to play.

“Here, on the other hand, let’s say there’s (fictional player) Opti Poba, who has come here, who previously was eating bananas and now is a first-team player for Lazio.

“In England he has to demonstrate his CV and his pedigree.’’


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