Gabriele Gavrina, president of the Italian football federation (FIGC, for its acronym in Italian), was one of the first to remember on Thursday that, with the federative rules in hand, the Inter-Naples could not be suspended. In statements collected by the newspaper The Reppublica, commented: "The rule is clear: the referee has no power to suspend the game. The only one who can do it is the person responsible for public safety inside the stadium. The rules are there, they must be applied and improved, but they must also be respected. "The president has also announced that he will request a meeting with the Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, to" simplify "the regulations and make it easier for the referee to suspend a match.
There are already regulations that contemplate this type of measures. A simple three-step procedure articulated by FIFA In 2017, with a view to the Confederations Cup that year and the last World Cup in Russia, it gives the referees the power to stop the match if the footballer is attacking the dignity of any of the players. Once this is done, a warning should be played on the public address system asking the fans to give up their attitude. If, after this warning, the insults continue, the referee can send both teams to the locker room tunnel as long as he considers appropriate. At that moment, a second message should be heard on the speakers warning fans that insults should cease. Lastly, if, after the resumption, there are still insults, the referee can permanently suspend the match. UEFA also has its own procedure, although in the last six years hardly any matches have been suspended.
It is not the first time that racism takes over the Calcium fields. In April 2017 the Senegalese player Sulley Muntari, then at Pescara, left the pitch in a match against Cagliari after receiving insults throughout the match. In doing so, he faced the fans pointing to the skin: "It's my color," he shouted. His attitude not only did not find the understanding in the institutions, but it deserved the eyes of the referee the yellow card to leave the field and, later, a match of sanction by the Competition Committee. The judges, however, exonerated the Cagliari to consider that the insults came only from "1% of the fans."
The Spanish League has not been unaware of these episodes either. In March 2014, in a Catalan derby, Espanyol fans imitated the sound of a monkey every time Alves and Neymar, players then of Barcelona, played the ball. The issue had entered the public debate a few years earlier. In 2006, in a game against Zaragoza, the Barcelona player Samuel Eto'o, exhausted by the racist insults received throughout the game, decided to leave the field. When Ronaldinho, a Cameroonian teammate, accompanied him to the dressing room tunnel, Rijkaard, the Barça coach, managed to convince both of them to continue playing.