The 20 teams in the country’s top division, Serie A, penned an open letter saying it was important to “publicly recognize” the issues facing the game after a number of incidents this season.
“Images of players being racially abused in Italian football have been viewed and discussed all around the world this season and that shames us all.
“No individual should ever be subjected to racist abuse — inside or outside of football — and we can no longer stay silent on this issue or wait for it to magically disappear.”
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Serie A said it plans to set out its “comprehensive and robust” anti-racism policy which promised stricter laws and plans to educate people within the game.
“We don’t have any more time to waste,” the letter added.
“We must now act with speed, with purpose and with unity and we call on you, the fans, to support us in this vitally important endeavor.”