Racist ‘banana’ remarks get Italian pundit fired


An Italian commentator was fired from appearances on a studio present after making racist feedback on air about Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

Luciano Passirani, an 80-year-old Italian soccer journalist, mentioned the one solution to cease the star was to “give him 10 bananas to eat.” The present’s director introduced later within the present the commentator wouldn’t be again.

It’s solely the most recent racist comment thrown at Lukaku and joins a protracted checklist of racist points in soccer.

Pundit: Solely solution to cease Lukaku is ‘10 bananas’

Passirani was on the Qui Studio a Voi Stadio present, per The Guardian, talking about Lukaku, who Inter Milan acquired over the summer time from Manchester United. The dialog revolved across the star’s affect on Inter, which is atop the Serie A desk with Lukaku having scored twice in three video games.

By way of The Guardian:

“Lukaku is among the greatest signings that Inter might have made. I don’t see one other participant like him on every other staff in Italy. He is among the strongest, I like him loads as a result of he has that energy: he’s the dual of [Dúvan] Zapata at Atalanta.”

“They’ve one thing further that the remainder don’t have, after which they rating the targets and drag your staff ahead. This man kills you within the one-on-ones, in the event you attempt to problem him you wind up on the ground. Both you’ve 10 bananas to eat, that you simply give to him, or …”

Per the BBC and Google Translate, the direct quote was, “”The one solution to come up towards him is perhaps give him 10 bananas to eat…”

TV station fires Italian commentator

Station director Fabio Ravezzani went on the present later to say Passirani had instantly apologized, however nonetheless would not be making appearances on the present.

By way of the BBC and The Guardian:

“Mr Passirani is 80 years outdated and to go with Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist. I believe it was a horrible lack of momentary lucidity. I can’t tolerate any form of errors, even when momentary.”

Lukaku addressed monkey chants this month

Lukaku endured monkey chants from Cagliari followers earlier this month after changing a game-winning penalty kick for Inter. He addressed the problem on Instagram and his membership additionally issued a press release. Serie A’s decide hasn’t but determined if the Cagliari membership will probably be punished.

A gaggle of Inter followers wrote an open letter to Lukaku supporting the Cagliari base and explaining it wasn’t racist however relatively a “method” to “assist our groups.”

“It’s a must to perceive that Italy shouldn’t be like many different north European international locations the place racism is a REAL drawback.

“We perceive that it might have appeared racist to you, however it’s not like that.

“In Italy we use some ‘methods’ solely to ‘assist our groups’ and to attempt to make our opponents nervous, not for racism however to mess them up.”

Racism in soccer has grown in recent times and situations have popped up repeatedly world wide. Simply final weekend the NWSL recognized and banned a fan for racist remarks towards Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

[H/T Deadspin]

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