According to L’Équipe FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed his solidarity and support for former France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, who was the victim of racist chanting during a Serie A fixture between Lecce and Lazio.
The referee was forced to stop the game for a few moments in the second half because of racist shouts from the visiting sector occupied by Lazio supporters. Umtiti left the field in tears at the end of the match, to a standing ovation from the Lecce crowd.
In the evening, the Fifa president expressed his “solidarity with Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda” on Instagram. “Let’s shout loud and clear: NO TO RACISM! Let the huge majority of fans, who are good people, rise up to silence all racists once and for all!”
This came on what would be Samuel Umtiti’s sixth match for the Italian side, having made the move to Lecce at the end of the summer following a failed medical at Rennes. The former Lyon man made 31 appearances for the France national team, winning the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russia in 2018.
GFFN | George Boxall