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Nigerian International Joel Obi Racially Abused by Opponent in Italy

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Nigerian International Joel Obi Racially Abused by Opponent in Italy

Nigerian international, Joel Obi has become the subject of racial abuse in Italy during a Serie B match played midweek.

Obi claimed Pisa player, Michele Macroni used the racial slur “the slave revolt” at him during the first half of the game which ended 2-2.

Nigerian International Joel Obi Racially Abused by Opponent in Italy

Nigerian International Joel Obi Racially Abused by Opponent in Italy

His club, Chievo have released an official statement, condemning the act while Pisa, for whom the alleged player who insulted Obi play for have denied all allegations. Chievo condemned the incident and called it degrading.

The Italian club’s statement reads thus:

“Chievo… regrets that a phrase heard by most on the pitch was not followed by any disciplinary action: neither by the referee, nor the assistant or fourth official, nor the federation delegate.”

However, Pisa claimed the allegations were untrue, and the alleged insult was not heard by either the match officials or the microphones around the field.

“Moreover, our player confirmed that he had not addressed any insults to the opposing player, let alone racially motivated ones,” their statement read.

Joel Obi was part of the Super Eagles team at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. He has also played for a variety of Italian teams including Inter Milan, Parma, and Torino. He currently plies his trade for Chievo in the Italian lower league, Serie B.

Black people have always been abused for their skin colour, with Italy one of the most frequently-accused countries of the world for the act. F1 racer, Lewis Hamilton was, however, recently named the most influential black person in the world. There have also been recognitions for several black people, but the problem still persists. Joel Obi is the latest of them all.

 

Nigerian International Joel Obi Racially Abused by Opponent in Italy
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