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Italy's Acerbi under investigation for alleged racial abuse: Omitted from national squad

Posted : 19 March 2024

Francesco Acerbi departed Italy's training camp prior to two scheduled friendlies in the United States amidst allegations of racial abuse towards Napoli defender Juan Jesus. The Italy Football Federation (FIGC) disclosed that Acerbi, the Inter Milan defender, provided his account of the incident to his Azzurri teammates and coach Luciano Spalletti. Acerbi clarified that his remarks were not intended to be defamatory or racist, yet acknowledged the gravity of the situation. Consequently, he was omitted from the 28-man squad set to face Venezuela and Ecuador as part of Italy's preparations for the European championship.


Gianluca Mancini, the central defender from Roma, has been drafted in as Acerbi's replacement following the allegations made by Jesus against Acerbi during Inter's recent match against Napoli. Jesus, who protested to the referee during the game, accused Acerbi of using a racist insult, an assertion that Acerbi has denied. Despite Jesus downplaying the incident, stressing that Acerbi had apologized, the FIGC plans to investigate further. The FIGC's disciplinary authorities will question Acerbi, with potential consequences looming, including a ban of at least 10 matches if he is found guilty.


The fallout from this incident extends beyond the Serie A season. Acerbi's potential ban could jeopardize his participation in the upcoming European championship, with implications for both club and country. The gravity of the accusations underscores the ongoing efforts to combat racism in football, with authorities closely monitoring such incidents. As Acerbi faces the prospect of disciplinary action, the outcome of the investigation will reverberate not only within Italian football but also within the broader international sporting community, particularly amidst ongoing efforts to tackle racism in the sport.


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