The decision of the Turin prosecutor on the events that took place in the Coppa Italia semi-final between Juventus and Inter has been reported by Il Corriere della Sera.
“The jurisprudence, in the past, has ruled that the emission of guttural sounds, as a typical reference to the howling of monkeys, is characterized by evident connotations of racial discrimination and therefore can constitute the hypothesis that sanctions the commission of acts of discrimination for racial reasons,” stated the prosecutor.
The fact that this conduct was carried out by a multitude of people, who evidently acted influencing each other, as well as the fact that this conduct did not last for a significant amount of time and, lastly, that it was carried out for evident reasons of sporting rivalry (fans of the opposing team) leads to the fact that this fact falls within the application of article 131 bis of the criminal code.”
Furthermore, the prosecutor added: “The behavior is certainly not habitual and it is therefore possible to proceed with the archiving due to the particular triviality of the fact.”
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