Roma fan banned for life after racist abuse of Jesus
The Serie A side tweeted an image of the messages – including details of the account – and confirmed they had reported the incident to the police.
Roma wrote on its Twitter handle:
“The owner of the below Instagram account sent Juan Jesus disgusting racist abuse via direct message today
We have reported the account to the Italian police
We have reported the account to Instagram
The person responsible will be banned from #ASRoma games for life
The public denunciation was met with widespread appreciation on Twitter.
According to BBC Sports, it comes after anti-discriminatory body Fare said Italian football authorities and their disciplinary systems to combat racism were not fit for purpose.
Fare executive director Piara Powar added “the rot is deep” and “no-one is taking the issue seriously”, but Serie A insisted it was “seriously and constantly engaged in activities against racism”.
AC Milan launched an anti-racism task force at last weekend’s derby against Inter, christened the ‘Derby Against Racism’, in response to recent racist incidents.
Inter striker Romelu Lukaku had been subjected to monkey chants by Cagliari fans during a Serie A game on 2 September, however Cagliari were cleared of racist chanting.