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UEFA Bans Italian Soccer Chief for Racism

UEFA on Tuesday officially banned Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio for six months for making racist comments. The 71-year-old caused controversy when he commented on Italy’s lack of a work permit system, saying: “In England they identify the players coming in and, if they are professional, they are allowed to play. Instead, here we say that any old Opti Pobà can come here, before he was eating bananas, now he’s playing in the Lazio first XI. In England the players have to prove their curriculum and pedigree first.” Tuesday’s decision was announced by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and could prompt the Italian to resign. 

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