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RAI journalist suspended for anti-Neapolitan 'racism'

State broadcaster apologises for 'shameful' report

22 October, 14:56
RAI journalist suspended for anti-Neapolitan 'racism' (ANSA) - Rome, October 22 - State broadcaster RAI on Monday suspended a journalist from its regional news service in Piedmont for a report that was offensive to Neapolitans before Saturday's top-of-the-table Serie A match between Juventus and Napoli.

In the report that sparked a wave of complaints, the suspended journalist, Giampiero Amandola, spoke about the "stink" of Neapolitans in an interview with a Juve fan. The report also featured a clip of Juve supporters singing a chant telling Neapolitans to "wash". Juventus are based in Turin, the capital of Piedmont.

Rai apologised for what it described as an "undignified, shameful" report and said it had suspended Amandola pending disciplinary proceedings.

"Rai's Director-General (Luigi Gubitosi) apologised personally and in the name of the whole company to Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris," read a statement from the network.

"Rai has always been in the front line in the fight against every form of racism and the stupidity that accompanies it".

Juventus beat second-placed Napoli 2-0 on Saturday to move three points clear of them at the top of Serie A.