Italian Football Federation Boss Banned for 6 Months For Racism

Italian Football Federation boss Carlo Tavecchio's comments, which appeared to be aimed at France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is black, sparked controversy in Italy with many commentators condemning what they saw as an overtly racist outburst.

updated: October 08, 2014 00:12 IST
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Italian Football Federation boss Carlo Tavecchio

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UEFA on Tuesday banned Italian Football Federation boss Carlo Tavecchio from its next congress and ordered him to hold an anti-racism event in punishment for widely condemned remarks.

In a statement, European football's governing body said that its ethics division had decided to impose the penalty after wrapping up a probe launched in August.

It said that it had taken into account Tavecchio's decision to refrain from any UEFA-related activity pending a resolution of the issue.

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