CONI president seeks sanctions for anthem whistles
Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci is asking
for sanctions after the country’s national anthem was again
whistled by rival fans during the European Championship.
Loud whistles emanated from Croatian supporters during the
anthem before Thursday’s 1-1 draw. Spain fans also whistled –
albeit in lesser numbers – ahead of the opening Group C match with
Italy, also a 1-1 draw.
Petrucci tells the ANSA news agency he’ll have the Italian
football federation seek sanctions from UEFA. He says, ”It can’t
go on like this.”
CONI oversees all sports in Italy.
There were also loud boos directed at Italy forward Mario
Balotelli, often the subject of racism, when he exited in the 69th
Italy next faces Ireland.