Brescia have found themselves the latest Italian football side to be embroiled in a racism scandal involving their fans, with the newly-promoted Serie A side being handed a partial stadium closure order as punishment for racial abuse aimed at Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The Bosnian international suffered the abuse from Brescia supporters after scoring the winning goal in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over the side. Pjanic was targeted with chants of a phrase which translated to “gypsy” in English.
Serie A disciplinary chiefs released a bulletin stating that Brescia’s ‘Curva Nord’ section of their Stadio Mario Rigamonti stadium would be closed for one home game. However, the punishment has been suspended for 12 months, meaning that it will only come into affect should the Italian side commit another offense within the next year.
Italian football has been marred by racial incidents in recent seasons, with a number of high profile situations involving supporters and players of a number of teams.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist chants against Cagliari earlier in the season, while AS Roma hit headlines recently for publicly exposing and permanently banning a supporter who sent racist abuse to defender Juan Jesus on social media.