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RAI journalist sacked for anti-Neapolitan 'racism'

Giampiero Amandola spoke about 'stink' of Naples residents

29 November, 19:19
RAI journalist sacked for anti-Neapolitan 'racism' (ANSA) - Turin, November 29 - State broadcaster RAI on Thursday fired a journalist from its regional news service in Piedmont for a report judged offensive to Neapolitans before last month's top-of-the-table Serie A match between Juventus and Napoli.

In the report that sparked a wave of complaints, 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.

Naples is the capital of the southern region of Campania.

RAI apologised to Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris on October 22 for what it described as an "undignified, shameful" report, and suspended Amandola pending disciplinary proceedings.

"RAI has always been in the front line in the fight against every form of racism and the stupidity that accompanies it," Director-General Luigi Gubitosi said.

Juventus lead Napoli by two points at the top of Serie A.