Italian team walks off after ref racially abuses goalkeeper

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January 31 – The Italian football federation (FIGC) is investigating claims a referee racially abused a player in a non-league game between Serino and Real Sarno.

The alleged incident involved Serino’s Senegalese goalkeeper Gueye Ass Dia and led to his team walking off in protest.

The FIGC said its investigation will consider reports from the referee as well as both clubs.

Anti-discrimination group Fare condemned the alleged abuse as a “shameful incident”.

“Our message to Italian football on the alarming rise in racist incidents is simple. Enough is enough.”

The incident is the latest in a string of racist incidents in Italian football but the first to involve an official.

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