Acerbi leaves the Italian national team camp after being accused of racism Kora Online

 Italy's Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi left the Italy national team camp before playing two friendly matches in the United States, after he was accused of racially abusing Napoli defender Joan Jesus, koora online. 


Italy's Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi has left the national team camp ahead of this month's friendlies after being accused of using a racist expression by Napoli's Juan Jesus in a Serie A game,


 



The Italian Football Federation said in a statement on Monday that Inter defender Acerbi presented his “version of events” to his teammates in the Italian national team and coach Luciano Spalletti “regarding the alleged racist accusation.”

   He continued that Acerbe said that he "did not have any intention of defamation, distortion, or racism," but that he would be excluded from the Italy national team squad of 28 players that was called up to play the friendly matches of Venezuela and Ecuador during the current month's international break.

   Roma defender Gianluca Mancini will replace Acerbi, who is scheduled to be interrogated by the disciplinary authorities of the Italian Federation after Napoli defender, Brazilian Joan Jesus, claimed that he was the victim of racist insults during the leaders Inter's 1-1 draw with defending champion Napoli. Yesterday, Sunday.

 Jesus was seen protesting in front of referee Federico La Pena, pointing to the “Remove Racism” badge on his shirt, and apparently saying, “(Acerbe) called me a nigger.”

 After the match, Jesus, who scored Napoli's late equaliser, downplayed the incident by saying that Acerbi had "crossed the line" without explaining how the centre-back had insulted him.

 For its part, Inter said in a brief statement that the administration “will meet Acerbe as soon as possible to find out the details of what happened.”

 Acerbe faces the risk of being suspended for at least ten matches if he is found guilty of racially abusing Jesus, and the authorities can request a longer ban if they deem it appropriate.

 A guilty verdict would end Acerbe's season with Inter, which is heading to win the league title for the twentieth time in its history.

 Source: Agencies