Joel Obi suffers racial abuse in Italy

In Italy, there are allegations that Nigeria international, Joel Obi was racially abused by a Pisa player Marconi, who allegedly made an offensive “slave” comment to the former Torino player.

Serie B side, Chievo Verona claimed the incident occurred during the first half of their 2-2 draw with Pisa on Tuesday.

A.C Chievo Verona released an official statement on their website saying:

Following the racist phrase ‘the slave revolt’ said by the Pisa player Michele Marconi to the midfielder Joel Obi during the first half of the Pisa – Chievo Verona match, the club expresses the utmost solidarity towards its player, the subject of a slanderous and bleak phrase, which has nothing to do with the most elementary and basic values โ€‹โ€‹of sport, ethics and respect.

AC Chievo Verona strongly condemns and stigmatizes the racist behavior suffered by Joel Obi, and regrets that a phrase heard by most on the field was not followed by any disciplinary measures: neither by the referee, nor by the assistant and fourth official, nor the federal prosecutor.

AC Chievo Verona, always a staunch supporter of the values โ€‹โ€‹of ethics, respect and fair play – will continue to remain at the forefront of the fight against any form of racism or violence, on and off any playing field.

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