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'The problem is I'm Italian': Balotelli spurs racism debate

Nov. 7, 2019 7:26 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling. Figuratively speaking, at least. In a Serie A season that has been marred by discriminatory slurs from the outset, Balotelli's outburst has prompted more debate,...

'Shame on you': Balotelli lashes out at fans for racism

Nov. 3, 2019 6:08 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli's most important kick on Sunday had nothing to do with the curling shot that he whipped into the top corner of the goal from beyond the box. Rather, it was the drop-kick the Brescia striker made moments earlier when he booted a ball high into the stands to express his...

Italy's next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools

Oct. 22, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans. Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that uses...

Rampant Belgium becomes 1st team to qualify for Euro 2020

Oct. 10, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

Six first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year's European Championship. Three late goals revived the Netherlands' chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too. Belgium — the world's top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify...

AP Interview: Italian players' rep bemoans racism tolerance

Sep. 26, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was the day after Christmas and the festive atmosphere was quickly ruined when a soccer fan died in clashes outside of the venerated San Siro stadium in Milan. Inside the arena, the situation grew worse when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is black, was targeted with racist monkey...

FIFA president: Racism in Italian stadiums 'very serious'

Sep. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PARMA, Italy (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants. The...

AP Interview: Alexander-Arnold on Liverpool mission, racism

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After Liverpool's euphoric start to the season, a trip to Italy provided a more sobering experience for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his teammates. Five successive victories had sent Liverpool five points clear at the top of the Premier League. There had already been an addition to the trophy...