Matches should be halted if fans make racist chants, UEFA president Michel Platini has suggested.
Juventus were ordered to play their next home league game behind closed doors on Monday after fans racially abused Inter striker Mario Balotelli in Saturday’s 1-1 Serie A draw.
“We will call for play to be stopped for 10 minutes when these things happen and announcements to be made in the stadium,” Platini told a news conference in Rome. “If it continues the match will be stopped. Courage is needed when there is racism in the stands. That’s UEFA’s mission.”
“It is a difficult moment for the Italian soccer federation. It has taken its responsibility,” added ex-Juve player Platini.
Italian federation president Giancarlo Abete, who hopes to bring Euro 2016 to the country, told reporters that rules would be changed to allow games to be stopped because of racist chanting.
“The Italian system already gives the authorities the power to suspend the game in the case of banners that incite racial discrimination,” he said.
“We’ll reinforce this, naturally while staying attentive and finding a balance for the security requirements of the public.”
Balotelli, an Italy under-21 international, was born in Palermo but is of Ghanaian descent.
Juve apologised but are appealing against the decision to ban fans from the home game with Lecce on May 3.
Inter president Massimo Moratti said he would have pulled his team off if he had been at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico.