Lazio President Claims Monkey Chants Aren't Always Racist
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has made a ridiculous claim that monkey chants are not always racist because they are also sometimes aimed at players with "normal white skin".
There have been a number of disgraceful racial incidents in Italy in recent times, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean among those suffering horrific abuse.
Lazio had a one-match suspended stand closure as their punishments for racist chants aimed at AC Milan players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie last season but Lotito has come up with a pathetic defence.
"The whistles do not always correspond to a discriminatory or racist act," he told ANSA, as per the Daily Mail.
"I remember when I was little, often people who weren't of colour,who had normal, white skin, made those chants to discourage opponents from scoring in front of the goalkeeper.
"They should be treated individually. We have many black players. I don't think Lazio distinguish skin colour. Lazio's conduct in this regard is there for all to see."
The fact that Lotito is a president of one of the biggest clubs in Italy and also a councillor for the League and yet he's turned a blind eye at clear racism is incredibly worrying.
Lotitio's comments are just the latest example of the ignorance in Italy. Last month, after Inter Milan's win over Udinese, TV pundit Luciano Passirani made a racist comment about Lukaku.
He said: "I don't see any other player in Italy now like Lukaku. [...] I really like him. The only way to stop him is to say, Here are ten bananas that you can eat."
Passirani was immediately suspended by TV channel TopCalcio24.