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Italy: Serie A defends decision to use monkeys in anti-racism campaign

Italy, Milan
December 17, 2019 at 15:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian football league Serie A launched an anti-racism campaign using portraits of monkeys in its Milan headquarters on Monday, three weeks after its clubs vowed to fight Italian football's "serious problem."

The "No To Racism" posters show three monkeys with painted faces, and have been branded "a sick joke" by anti-discrimination group Fare.

Artist Simone Fugazzotto defended his piece, saying the intention was to counter racism by stating that "we're all monkeys."

"I made a Western monkey, with white skin and blue eyes, an Asian monkey with almond-shaped eyes and a black monkey in the centre because that's where it all started - that's what the theory of evolution says," Fugazzotto said.

Racism in Italian football has come under more scrutiny in recent months following a series of incidents involving fans and players.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was the victim of monkey chants by Cagliari supporters while Italy striker Mario Balotelli was also racially abused while playing against Verona.

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Italian football league Serie A launched an anti-racism campaign using portraits of monkeys in its Milan headquarters on Monday, three weeks after its clubs vowed to fight Italian football's "serious problem."

The "No To Racism" posters show three monkeys with painted faces, and have been branded "a sick joke" by anti-discrimination group Fare.

Artist Simone Fugazzotto defended his piece, saying the intention was to counter racism by stating that "we're all monkeys."

"I made a Western monkey, with white skin and blue eyes, an Asian monkey with almond-shaped eyes and a black monkey in the centre because that's where it all started - that's what the theory of evolution says," Fugazzotto said.

Racism in Italian football has come under more scrutiny in recent months following a series of incidents involving fans and players.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was the victim of monkey chants by Cagliari supporters while Italy striker Mario Balotelli was also racially abused while playing against Verona.

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