Inter escape Racism probe in Bologna

Inter have avoided another ban for racism with the governing body FIGC confirming Bologna defender Ibrahima Mbaye was abused by a minority on the 1-0 loss for the Nerazzurri on Sunday Serie A match.

Mbaye was targeted by a group of Inter ultras, barely a month after Inter were ordered to play one home game behind closed doors after a group of their fans racially abused Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

According to Corriere dello Sport, however, the FIGC’s sporting judiciary ruled on Tuesday that while the chants were of a racist nature, they were quickly drowned out by other Beneamata supporters, who responded by whistling in disapproval.

This comes on the back of the Figc change in their racism and discrimination policy:

In case of racial discrimination or other forms of abuse, the referee will ask for the squads to congregate the teams in the center circle while an announcement is made to the crowd.

On the continuation of the abuse, he will then be able to lead the teams off. Previously, he was unable to take this step until three announcements had been made.

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