Italy - Lazio Fined Virtually Nothing For Fans Racist Abuse

Lazio, who's average player salary is €1.1 million-per-year, have been fined just €20,000 for their fans’ racial abuse of Brescia’s Mario Balotelli, just the latest in a long list of racial incidents from their fans.

Clearly the Italian Foortball authorities do not take this matter seriously.

Balotelli was also the target of racial abuse earlier this season when he threatened to leave the field because of chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a match in November.

Racism has been a problem all season in Italy with offensive chants also aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique, Miralem Pjanic, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalidou Koulibaly. All of the players targeted, except for Pjanic, who is Bosnian, are black, and many of the incidents have gone unpunished.