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Italian FA President Confirms VAR Will Be Used To Tackle Racism In Stadiums

VAR will now be used to identify perpetrators of racist chants.

Paralympic Soccer Press Conference Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy's FA President Gabriele Gravina announces that VAR will be used to tackle racist chants. He discussed a partnership between the Ministry of Interior and the Police to use the available technology to identify the perpetrators in the stadiums.

Sky Sports quoted him saying “I don’t care about how many chants there are, but I do care about the principle behind them. Whether it’s done by one, two or ten individuals, it needs intervention - even one single person must be prosecuted.”

”Football clubs today can identify those responsible through technology: we have in mind an experiment that will surely lead to great results, and we will introduce it shortly.”

Gravina earlier in the year said that the approach need change by “isolating bad apples, not punishing collectively” per Football Italia.

Serie A has a notorious racism problem and over the past few months there have been incidents against the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Moise Kean, Franck Kessie, Kalidou Koulibably and Blaise Matuidi among others. This initiative is a step in the right direction to stamp out racism.