Another 10-match ban
Serie B striker Michele Marconi, who plays for Pisa, has been given a 10-match ban by the FIGC Court of Appeal, after new evidence found that the 31-year-old uttered “the slave revolt” to Chievo midfielder Joel Obi.
The player had originally been cleared of the accusations, but now faces punishment.
Joel Obi revealed his thoughts and feelings after being subjected to the abhorrent racist language.
“When I heard that phrase, my mind just went for a few minutes, asking myself if I’d really heard it,” Obi said.
“I kept playing, but my focus was elsewhere. It’s incredible that someone could use words like that today, especially with all the efforts people are making to weaken the ‘disease’ of racism.”
Publication of the new evidence is yet to come to light, and will take a few days to do so.
Racism in football on the rise?
Such criminal actions have seemingly become more prevalent during a period without fans in grounds.
Several high-profile incidents have occurred between players in just the last few months.
Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was found guilty of racism towards Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
The Czech Republic player was found to have abused the former Arsenal man, and, in turn, was also given a 10-game ban. Kamara, meanwhile, was banned for assault.
▪️ “All the trust from players to UEFA has gone”
▪️ “What Kamara feels won’t go away”
▪️ “A 10-game ban is embarrassing”
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) April 15, 2021
Furthermore, La Liga recently failed to find evidence that Mouctar Diakhaby of Valencia had been racially abused by Cadiz forward Juan Cala. The Frenchman stormed off the pitch, and did not return during the match between the two teams in early April.
The Valencia players have walked off the pitch at the Carranza 🦇
Mouctar Diakhaby was visibly angry after an altercation with Cadiz’s Juan Cala, and ultimately left the pitch with his teammates following behind him pic.twitter.com/3XKvm5Y9dc
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) April 4, 2021
This weekend, organizations in sport committed to a social media blackout, in an attempt to stamp out online abuse. However, maybe more also needs to be done to prevent player-to-player racial abuse from occurring.
Education programs and harsher punishments are surely a must, regardless of the increase in the frequency of incidents.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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