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Soccer: Italian sport chief backs stopping games for racism

Petrucci backs line adopted by FIGC

Soccer: Italian sport chief backs stopping games for racism

Rome, January 9 - Gianni Petrucci, the outgoing chief of Italian sport's governing body, said Wednesday that he agreed with stopping matches in which players are subject to racist abuse. On Tuesday Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) chief Giancarlo Abete said official games would be stopped if there were repetitions of the racist jeering that caused AC Milan to walk off a friendly against fourth-tier Pro Patria last week. "I agree with the FIGC," said Petrucci, who is set to step down as head of the Italian Olympic Committee to take the helm of the national basketball federation. "It's right to suspend matches to stop racism".

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