Italian rugby crew Benetton Treviso suspends participant amidst racism accusations, with Italian federal prosecutors to analyze


Italian rugby crew Benetton Treviso introduced Thursday that they’ve suspended a member of their crew after Guinea-born Italian worldwide Cherif Traore obtained a “rotten banana in a wet bag” as a present throughout a Christmas dinner.

In an announcement posted to its official web site, Benetton, together with the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR), stated that federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into the matter.

Benetton and the FIR have imposed a suspension on a member of the crew during that investigation.

In a now deleted Instagram put up from Wednesday, Traore detailed the incident and accused a few of his teammates of laughing when he opened the present.

Traore was born in Guinea however has lived in Italy for the reason that age of seven. He performs prop for the northern Treviso membership and for the Italian nationwide crew.

In a while the identical day, Benetton posted a video on its Twitter account with Traore, who stated he had accepted an apology from the crew, with the caption studying: “What number of instances does it occur that you just make a mistake and offend a member of the family – rather a lot.

“Well this time it has happened in our family. Now what matters is that we understood the mistake and have apologized.”

World Rugby, the game’s international governing physique, stated on Thursday that they’re “monitoring the matter closely.”

The United Rugby Championship, the league by which Benetton competes, additionally launched an announcement on Thursday revealing they requested the crew to offer them with a full report on the incident and the motion taken.

“Racism and discrimination of any kind are abhorrent, completely unacceptable in society and are utterly counter to the values of the sport of rugby and the United Rugby Championship,” the assertion learn.

Ellis Genge, a Black England worldwide rugby participant, responded on Twitter to the crew’s apology saying there wanted to be penalties.

“No well done, absolutely right, ‘gifting’ a ‘team mate’ a rotten banana for secret Santa is not a big deal and a simple apology will suffice,” Genge wrote.

“If there is no further action on this from Benetton then everything we’ve done for ‘rugby against racism’ has been a tick box for most,” he added.

Maro Itoje, one other Black England rugby participant, wrote on social media: “Sending love and support to Cherif Traore! No one should receive racist abuse!! It’s hard to fathom that this story actually happened. Shows us there’s still work to do!”