Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina announced that Serie A will start employing VAR cameras in a bid to tackle racist chants in stadiums and identify perpetrators.
Gravina, elected FIGC president in October 2018, told Sky in Italy that there are plans in place to hand tougher sentences to racist perpetrators in Italian stadiums.
“We have collaborated with the Ministry of the Interior and set some very strict laws with equally severe sanctions,” Gravina said. “So we will resort to the use of technology, but we can only do it with the help of the police and of the Ministry of Interior.
“When we introduced the concept of objective liability that transforms and empowers football clubs through bans and mitigation, we did it because the clubs have, in my opinion, the technology available to identify those responsible.
“I don’t care about how many chants there are, but I do care about the principle behind them. Whether it’s done by one, two or ten individuals, it needs intervention – even one single person must be prosecuted.
“Football clubs today can identify those responsible through technology: we have in mind an experiment that will surely lead to great results, and we will introduce it shortly.
“One thing is for sure – I have no intention, and neither does the rest of the football world, to let down our guard. It amazes me that chants are sometimes noticed, other times not: we need to understand the reasons behind this, it is not normal.
“We can win the battle against racism if we’re all united and focused on a common goal, the one to remove these individuals from our competitions. For this we will adopt the VAR system against said chants.”