Italian club, Chievo, has accused a player of another Italian club, Pisa, of allegedly using racist language against Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi.
According to Serie B side Chievo, Joel Obi was racially abused at the hands of a Pisa player, Michele Marconi, who allegedly made an offensive “slave” comment to Obi.
Chievo drew 2-2 in Tuesday December 22 league clash, a result that leaves them in ninth place in the league but the match experienced unsavoury scenes when, after full-time Michele Marconi directed racist abuse towards Obi, according to Chievo.
“Following the racist phrase ‘the slave revolt’ said by the Pisa player Michele Marconi to the midfielder Joel Obi during the first half of the Pisa – Chievo Verona match, the club expresses the utmost solidarity towards its player, the subject of a slanderous and bleak phrase, which has nothing to do with the most elementary and basic values ??of sport, ethics and respect,” the club wrote on its official website following the match.
“AC Chievo Verona strongly condemns and stigmatizes the racist behavior suffered by Joel Obi, and regrets that a phrase heard by most on the field was not followed by any disciplinary measures: neither by the referee, nor by the assistant and fourth official, nor the federal prosecutor.
“AC Chievo Verona, always a staunch supporter of the values ??of ethics, respect and fair play – will continue to remain at the forefront of the fight against any form of racism or violence, on and off any playing field.”
No action was taken on the field against Marconi, who played 77 minutes of the clash before being withdrawn for Alessandro De Vitis.
By Usman O.