Official Statement from the FIGC: no racist abuse in Italy vs. Sweden

The FIGC denies the claims made on the website of the Swedish Football Federation and reported by some media outlets, hoping that the relevant bodies will promptly clarify the case.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Official Statement from the FIGC: no racist abuse in Italy vs. Sweden

As regards the claims made by the Swedish Football Federation on its website, which have also been reported by some media outlets, the FIGC categorically denies that an opponent was subject to racist abuse by an Under-21 National Team player during yesterday’s match between Italy and Sweden in Monza. We understand that no such incident was observed by the match officials or the UEFA delegate.

Hoping that the competent authorities will clarify the situation quickly, as can be seen from Rai 2’s televised footage yesterday, which is still available on RaiPlay, two Swedish players carry on their celebrations for a long time after the 92nd-minute equaliser and are urged by the Italian players to resume the game. We reiterate that no racist insult was used before, at that moment or afterwards and the FIGC will act to protect its image and that of its players in any court.

At the same time, the FIGC reaffirms a commitment constantly made by all of Italian football and in particular by the National Teams, which have been involved in numerous initiatives, to fight racism. We will continue to condemn all insults and violent incidents.