How did three Danes end up being tortured in Lebanon?
The human cost of the Greek financial crisis
28 Jul 2014 17:50 GMT | Sport, Football
FIFA have asked the Italian football federation to open an investigation into alleged racist comments by a leading candidate for the presidency of the national body.
"Media reports concerning alleged racist comments by one of the presidential candidates for the Italian FA have alerted FIFA's Task Force against racism and discrimination and its chairman Jeffrey Webb,'' world football's governing body said in a statement.
FIFA has written a letter to the Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA.
"FIFA has written a letter to the Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA."
Carlo Tavecchio, who is president of the amateur leagues in Italy, sparked outrage when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy.
Using a hypothetical name, he said, "In England they select players based on professionalism, whereas we say that 'Opti Poba' is here, he was eating bananas before and now he's starting for Lazio and that's OK.''
A leading candidate
The 71-year-old Tavecchio is one of the leading candidates to replace Giancarlo Abete, who resigned along with national team coach Cesare Prandelli immediately after Italy's first-round elimination from the World Cup last month.
The only other candidate in the August 11 election is former AC Milan player and current federation vice president Demetrio Albertini.
The vote is considered pivotal for the future of Italian football, which is rife with problems such as falling attendance, crumbling stadiums, fan violence and racism - and early eliminations for the national team at the last two World Cups.
The new president's first job will be to name a replacement for Prandelli.
English FA and UK government complain to UEFA following racial abuse of players by Serbian fans at under-21 game.
Sport, Football, Serbia, United Kingdom
Racism and discrimination, that has shamed English football this season, was discussed at a summit.
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
In Dallas, the Huey P Newton Gun Club organises 'manoeuvres' to show communities of colour they can police themselves.
Human Rights, US
A deep-seated cultural preference for boys is skewing India's sex ratio and making slaves of women.
Human Rights, Asia, India
Migrants complain of being sent to squalid shelters, as France unveils plan to reduce asylum processing times.
Europe, France, Migrants
Despite reforms, lifting of sanctions and 'opening', political activists in Myanmar continue to face arrests.
Human Rights, Asia, Myanmar
Greek government sources say PM will put a new deal on the table at emergency eurozone summit in Brussels on Tuesday.
Business & Economy, Greece, Europe, European Union, IMF
Activist group says ISIL fighters have seized Ayn Issa, but Syrian Kurdish activists and YPG say fighting still ongoing.
War & Conflict, Middle East, Syrian crisis, Syria, ISIL
From Democracy to the Market - we examine the devastating impact of the Greek financial crisis on ordinary citizens.
Business & Economy, Europe, Greece
Can Afghan archaeologists take on the Chinese and the Taliban to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site?
Arts & Culture, Asia, Afghanistan
In war-torn Afghanistan it is not the Taliban that poses the greatest threat to women - it is their own families.
Human Rights, Women, Afghanistan
After decades of tension and hostility between the two nations, has change finally come to US-Cuba relations?