ALL 20 clubs in Serie A have joined forces in their fight against racism by writing an open letter to fans.
Mario Balotelli and Romelu Lukaku are among the stars that have suffered racist abuse in Italy’s top flight this season.
A campaign, which ESPN claim was launched by AC Milan, has been backed by every club in Serie A.
It read: “An open letter to all those who love Italian football
“We have to publicly recognise that we have a serious problem with racism.
“It’s a problem that we have not done enough to combat over the years.
“Images of players being racially abused in Italian football have been viewed and discussed all around the world this season and that shames us all.
“No individual should ever be subjected to racist abuse – inside or outside of football – and we can no longer stay silent on this issue or wait for it to magically disappear.
“Driven by the clubs, positive conversations have been held in recent weeks with Lega Serie A, FIGC and international experts on how to tackle and eradicate this issue from the game.
“We, the undersigned clubs, are united by our desire for serious change and Lega Serie A has stated its intention to lead the way by delivering a comprehensive and robust Serie A anti-racism policy, stricter new laws and regulations and a plan for educating those within the game about the scourge of racism.
“We don’t have any more time to waste.
“We must now act with speed, with purpose and with unity and we call on you, the fans, to support us in this vitally important endeavour.
“Yours sincerely, Atalanta, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Fiorentina, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Lazio, Lecce, AC Milan, Napoli, Parma, AS Roma, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, SPAL, Torino, Udinese.”
Balotelli stormed off the pitch at the start of the month after receiving vile racist abuse during Brescia’s game in Verona.
Hellas Verona saw part of its stadium closed for one match as punishment for the incident.
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