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FIFA president Gianni Infantino approaches fans to 'quiet down every one of the bigots' after maltreatment at an Italian game

Gianni Infantino has voiced his help for Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda after they encountered racial maltreatment during a game.
Gianni Infantino has voiced his help for Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda after they encountered racial maltreatment during a game.


Gianni Infantino, the leader of FIFA, voiced his help for two Lecce players who were exposed to racial insults during an Italian Serie A game on Wednesday, encouraging allies to "plug up every one of the bigots."


Samuel Umtiti, a safeguard from France, and Lameck Banda, a forward from Zambia, both experienced racial insults during the match between Lecce and Lazio in Italy's top association.


Infantino expressed: "Fortitude with Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda - we should yell it plainly: NO TO Prejudice! under an Instagram post that included pictures of two players.


"May the vast majority of good-hearted fans speak up to silence the racists once and for all!"

Lecce's win against Lazio in Serie A.

Lecce's win against Lazio in Serie A.


After the game, Lecce's Twitter account tweeted: "The supportive cheers overpowered the racial ones. One name was being yelled out by all of the Lecce supporters: Samuel Umtiti.


In response to Infantino's online message, Umtiti himself wrote: "Only football, pleasure, and joy. The rest is irrelevant.


"The league always condemns all types of prejudice in sports, and the same will do for yesterday's occurrence," Serie A responded to JEJALNEWS.


In addition, Serie A stated that the Italian Football Federation's Giudice Sportivo, not the league itself, would be responsible for imposing sanctions for the abuse.

Lameck Banda controls the ball against Lazio.

Lameck Banda controls the ball against Lazio.

Lazio was contacted by JEJALNEWS for comment, but no response was received right away.

Umtiti was in tears after the game when his team recovered from behind to win 2-1, according to accounts in the Italian media. After the game ended, Lecce fans can be heard chanting his name on the broadcast and social media footage.



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