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Italian football vows to combat its racism problem

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The 20 teams in the country's top division, Serie A, penned an open letter saying it was important to "publicly recognize" the issues facing the game after a number of incidents this season.Recently, Brescia striker Mario Balotelli said he experienced racial abuse by opposition Verona fans and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was the subject of monkey chants from Cagliari fans earlier this season. "We have to publicly recognize that we have a serious problem with racism. It's a problem that we have not done enough to combat over the years," read the letter, published on Friday."Images of players being racially abused in Italian football have been viewed and discussed all around the world this season and that shames us all."No individual should ever be subjected to racist abuse — inside or outside of football — and we can no longer stay silent on this issue or wait for it to magically disappear."READ: Georginio Wijnaldum is ready to walk off pitch if subjected to racist abuse
READ: Dutch football match halted after 'Black Pete' chantsVerona was given a one-match partial stadium closure following racist abuse aimed at Balotelli while Cagliari escaped any serious punishment for the racism aimed at Lukaku. Serie A said it plans to set out its "comprehensive and robust" anti-racism policy which promised stricter laws and plans to educate people within the game."We don't have any more time to waste," the letter added."We must now act with speed, with purpose and with unity and we call on you, Read More – Source