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AS Roma Fined $65K For Fans' Racist Behavior In Sunday's Game Against AC Milan
Published May 14, 2013
TASK FORCE MEETS: The London EVENING STANDARD reported FIFA's anti-racism taskforce was meeting for the first time Monday as President Sepp Blatter said he was "appalled" by chants directed at AC Milan players. Blatter tweeted, "Appalled to read about racist abuse in Serie A last night. Tackling this issue is complex, but we're committed to action, not just words" (EVENING STANDARD, 5/13). Roma General Dir Franco Baldini contested whether the chants were racist and said, "The boos were directed at Balotelli because he's a feared player. The nature of the chants was not clear. And I clearly heard the Milan fans chanting 'romano bastardo' -- 'roman bastard' -- which is just as discriminatory. It's difficult to figure out where the border is between racial discrimination or simple boos" (AP, 5/13).