By Dave Woods

21st Oct, 2019 | 8:29am

Former Leeds player Vieira latest victim of racial abuse in Serie A game

Former Leeds star Ronaldo Vieira is the latest player to suffer from racist abuse in a Serie A game between Sampdoria and Roma on Sunday. 

The game ended 0-0 but made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Vieira was subjected to monkey chants from some of the 2,000 travelling Roma supporters.

Roma tweeted an apology to Vieira after the game, saying, “Roma does not tolerate racism of any kind and the club will support the authorities in identifying and subsequently banning any individuals found guilty of racially abusing the midfielder.”

Vieira put out a message on his Instagram account on Sunday evening saying, “Football has a responsibility to punish and educate the idiots in the stadium today. Nonetheless, it was a good point for the team.”

This is the latest in a number of incidents in Serie A and FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the Italian authorities had to be tougher after the game between Atalanta and Fiorentina in September was stopped after Fiorentina defender Dalbert Henrique was subjected to racist abuse. [CNN]

Just last week, Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina said Serie A would start using VAR cameras to identify offenders and promised stricter sentences would be given out. [Sky Sports]

This isn’t just an Italian problem though.

England’s game against Bulgaria in the international break was disrupted and looked like it might get called off after players including Tyrone Mings were racially abused by home fans. The game ended up being completed and England won 6-0.

On Saturday, an FA Cup game between Haringey Borough and Yeovil was abandoned after the home goalkeeper was racially abused by visiting Yeovil fans.

Mings tweeted to applaud the actions of the Haringey Borough players saying that incidents like this often got brushed aside in the lower leagues.

Also on Saturday, Bristol City promised to investigate an incident in the away end as they lost 3-0 to Luton in the Championship.

The one positive that can be taken from all of this is that the issue of racism is now front and centre in football, and being addressed at all levels in the English game and beyond.

It’s been tolerated for too long and finally the game is taking it seriously.

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