di Marcello Mento
Rome, May 14 - Fabio Capello said Tuesday that Italian football should learn from England and Spain as it tries to rid itself of racism. Italian soccer has been hit by several shameful incidents of racism in recent years and Sunday's Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma was briefly suspended because Roma fans directed monkey chants at black Milan players. Russian coach Capello said the problem stemmed from the hardcore 'ultra' fans of many Serie A clubs, some of whom feature extreme rightwing elements, and said the authorities had to take stronger action. "Italy must learn from England, where some very tough decisions have been taken, and from Spain, where the game is played peacefully, without any monkey chants," the former England, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and Milan boss told state broadcaster Rai. "The problem comes from the ultras. It's a battle I've been trying to take forward for years. "Then there's the justice system, not sporting justice but ordinary justice, that does not take many decisions compared to England". Capello said he agreed with the assessment of Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian professional footballers' association, who said Monday that 'no-fly zones' have developed in many Italian stadiums where fans can do as they like. This is because the Italian police tend not intervene in the 'curva' end-stands of grounds that the ultras often occupy because of concerns this could cause big clashes. Capello added that he was surprised Manchester City had sacked Italian coach Roberto Mancini, saying he suspected it may have been the result of an "internal feud" at the English club. He also said that Juventus will win next year's Serie A title "without problems" after retaining the scudetto with three matches to spare earlier this month.