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 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 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.
🤝 NOI STIAMO CON JO 🤝
E diciamo forte 🛑🛑 NO AL RAZZISMO 🛑🛑
✋ #NoToRacism ✋ pic.twitter.com/72IHg9CBA1
— A.C. ChievoVerona (@ACChievoVerona) December 22, 2020