Chelsea and Italian midfielder Jorginho has called on Serie A to take a “broader look” at racism beyond just a penalty handed Hellas Verona after Mario Balotelli was abused at the weekend.
Balotelli was seen kicking a ball towards the stands as he threatened to walk off the pitch having heard monkey chants during the match at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi directed at him.
However, the Verona’s coach Ivan Juric did deny no racist abuse was directed at the player, but Serie A punished the club by giving them a one-match partial stadium ban.
Other recent incidents have occurred in Italy this season with players suffering racist abuse, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and inter striker Romelu Lukaku being subjected to offensive chants during games, and Jorginho wants Series A to take a wider look at the issue.
“I am really sorry, because these things shouldn’t happen – neither in football nor in the world,” the Chelsea and Italy midfielder said.
“Unfortunately, they happen and I am really sorry. I’d like to send my affection to Mario, who doesn’t deserve this.
“And if I may, I’d like to ask not to do things like this, because it really hurts these people and it should never happen.
“Unfortunately, it happened, but I don’t think this happened only in Verona. It’s happening everywhere.
“Therefore, I think we shouldn’t penalise or point the finger only on Verona, we should take a broader look, because it didn’t happen only in Verona.
“Yes, they made a mistake and it is true that it’s not the first time, but how many times [has] it happened in other cities as well? It shouldn’t happen, I repeat, and I am really sorry, but we have to take a broader look to all the cities where it happened and not only to Verona.”