The Italian federation opens an investigation into racist songs

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AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan and Joao Pedro of Cagliari, center, and Leonardo Pavoletti exchange words during a Serie A soccer match on Saturday March 19, 2022 in Cagliari, Italy. (Tocco Alessandro/LaPresse via AP)

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The Italian football federation have reportedly opened an investigation after racist chants were heard towards the end of AC Milan’s Serie A match at Cagliari on Saturday.

Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan and defender Fikayo Tomori, both black, were victims of racist abuse after the 1-0 victory in Sardinia.

“Maignan told me he was racially attacked, nobody deserves something like that,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said in his post-match interview. “Maignan told me that it’s not good to hear certain insults, it’s the first time he’s acted like that, so something happened.

“Tomori also told me the same thing. Some things shouldn’t happen.

Maignan approached a section of fans and put his hand to his ear. Moments later, a mass brawl ensued between the two groups of players as well as the coaching staff and managers.

Italian media reported on Sunday that the federation had opened an investigation into the racist chants.

This is not the first such incident in Cagliari. Juventus players Blaise Matuidi and Moise Kean were also subjected to racist abuse at the Sardegna Arena.

Maignan posted a photo of his reaction on social media and the photo was shared by several supporting footballers, including Tomori.

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