If you do a search for the word ‘racism’ on Soccer-Laduma, you will find nearly 200 articles in which the scourge of modern football is discussed, lambasted and mourned.
Luis Suarez and John Terry account for a portion of the stories, as do a host of backward Eastern European countries.
But embarrassingly for one of football’s greatest nations- Italy- Soccer-Laduma has followed with dismay how racism blights the Serie A, season after season.
Click these links to read just a few of the stories about racism in Italy we covered last season.
The Italian league campaign has not even begun yet, and already another racist incident has occurred.
During Juventus’ 4-0 Italian Super Cup win over Lazio last weekend, Paul Pogba, Kwadwo Asamoah and Angelo Ogbonna were subjected to racist chanting by Lazio’s notorious fascist ‘ultras’ in the club’s Curva Nord stand.
As a result, the Italian football authorities have ruled that the stand will be closed for one match, in yet another meek punishment that will do nothing to curb further racism in the future.
AC Milan cult hero ‘Super Mario’ Balotelli, who as a black Italian is a symbol of the new Europe, has been at the centre of the race storm in Italian football.
His own countrymen cannot decide whether to love or hate him, as he makes a mockery of their stupidity with his outsize charm and his on-field feats of brilliance.
Milan open their Serie A journey this season away to Hellas Verona, who have the most infamously racist fans in Italian football. We can only hope that Balotelli and his black team-mates are not subjected to the horrific abuse to which they have sadly become accustomed.
This must be the season that Italy does something about the racism that sickens it. But judging by events at the Super Cup, an end to racism in Italian football may yet be far away.