TURIN, Italy (AP) — Three leaders of the extreme-right Forza Nuova political party were stopped by police Tuesday for putting up a racist banner aimed at Brescia striker Mario Balotelli.
The banner, which read “Mario you’re right, you’re an African,” was posted on a fence outside Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin last month. The words “Mario” and “African” were written in red, with the other words in black.
The banner also featured a logo for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party.
The three Forza Nuova members face accusations of spreading racial hatred and were banned from Italy’s sports stadiums.
The banner was put up in the aftermath of a national debate over racism after Balotelli angrily kicked a ball into the stands