Episode in Veneto, the solidarity of the FIGC president at the whistle
“We have to say enough to attacks on referees, especially young ones. Yesterday there was a case of a second-category boy who, due to a penalty awarded, could not interrupt the game for racist chants. Today I am Cissé, all football is Cissé and he has to fight this form of boorish culture that must be expelled from our system. The rules are there, what is needed is greater collaboration from the protagonists of the world of football and sport with stronger sanctions”. This was stated by the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina on the sidelines of the presentation of the AIC Report ‘Footballers under fire’ speaking of the racist insults to the referee Mamady Cissé, who closed the match early Bessica-Fossalunga, a match valid for the Group S of Second Category and abandoned the field.
After the guests signed a 1-1 draw on a penalty, the referee Cissé of the Treviso section would have received an offense from a spectator and, without even notifying the captains, he whistled the end early and went to the locker room. The decision of the whistler of the Aia Section of Treviso, originally from Guinea, would have been dictated by an insult of racial discrimination that a spectator would have addressed to him from the stands shortly after the draw, on a penalty, signed by Fossalunga. Bessica instead took the lead in the 84th minute. On the outcome of the match and any sanctions, we await to know the contents of the report and the decision of the Treviso provincial sports judge.