Italian football fans to be investigated over allegedly antisemitic chants

Fans of Italian football clubs Juventus and Inter Milan allegedly sung that their rivals are 'Not Italian' but 'a bunch of Jews"


Juventus fans cheer during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Spezia on August 31, 2022 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

The fans of Juventus and Inter Milan football clubs are being investigated by Italian football authorities over allegedly antisemitism chants sang during two matches last weekend.

The chants, which allegedly included references to Jews, both occurred on Saturday between Juventus’ 1-1 draw against their main rival ACF Fiorentina and Inter Milan’s 3-2 loss to AC Milan in the Milan derby.

In a video circulating on social media, Inter Milan fans can allegedly be heard chanting: “The Italian Champions [Milan] are Jewish.”

Meanwhile Juventus fans reportedly were heard shouting a chant for which they have been punished for in the past.

According to the chant’s chorus, people from Florence, where ACF Fiorentina is based, are “not Italian” but “a bunch of Jews.”

Inter Milan has condemned the antisemitic chants made by its supporters via Twitter where it posted an image of its counter-racism campaign Brothers Universally United with the words: “We have been Brothers of the World since 1908. It is a commitment we have always made. It is in our history, it is who we are. #NoToDiscrimination”

Juventus has not yet released a statement regarding the incident.

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