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.