Italian player, Michele Marconi, has been handed a 10-match ban for racially abusing Super Eagles of Nigeria and Chievo Verona midfielder, Joel Obi last December.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced the punishment yesterday after the case was heard at the FIGC appeal court over a video call due to Covid-19 measures.
Marconi “addressed racist insults to Chievo midfielder Joel Obi during the Pisa-Chievo game on Dec 22,” read a FIGC statement.
“Following the complaint of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the Federal Court of Appeal ordered the disqualification for 10 days of the Pisa player Michele Marconi,” read a statement from the FIGC website.
Chievo said in a statement after the match, which ended in a 2-2 draw in Pisa, that Obi was “the object of an infamous and disgraceful phrase that has nothing to do with the most basic values of sport, ethics and respect”.
They said that Marconi used the phrase “the slave revolt” towards former Inter Milan and Torino midfielder Obi.
Pisa said at the time that the club “distanced themselves” from Chievo’s statement, adding the alleged insult was not detected by match officials or the microphones around the pitch.
“Moreover, our player confirmed that he had not addressed any insults to the opposing player, let alone racially motivated ones,” it added. – REUTER
Obi joined Chievo in the summer of 2018 when he teamed up with the club from Torino.
This season he has made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and providing one assist.