Rome (AFP)

"In connection with the discriminatory songs of a racial nature targeting the player Victor Osimhen", the sports judge of the League decided on a further investigation, entrusted to the prosecutor of the Federation, to specify "in detail the duration and the extent "of these cries, according to the statement of the governing body.

The League specifies that these racist cries were "not renewed after announcements were made" and notes "the collaboration of Roma for the identification of those responsible".

Racist incidents, already frequent in recent years in the Peninsula, have resumed in Italian stadiums since the start of the season, which marks the return of spectators after more than a year of matches behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The French international goalkeeper of AC Milan Mike Maignan, the French midfielder of the same club Tiémoué Bakayoko and the Senegalese defender of Naples Kalidou Koulibaly have in particular been targeted by racist insults in recent weeks.

The captain of the Italian team, Giorgio Chiellini, admitted in early October his "shame" after the insults against Koulibaly in Florence.

After his match against Lazio in Rome (0-0), last Thursday in the Europa League, Olympique de Marseille had also reported in a press release of a "presumption" of racist cries targeting some of its players, reserving the right to "file a complaint".

In addition to the Osimhen case, Roma received 10,000 euros on Monday because of insults of "territorial nature" made by their supporters against those of Naples, according to the Italian League.

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