Italian Serie A top scorer Samuel Eto’o scored the only goal in Inter’s 1-0 win over Cagliari yesterday to take them joint second on the table with city rivals AC Milan.
However, the match was not without any incidents as the referee threatened to stop the game due to racist chants aimed at the Cameroonian international. Not that it dint matter but Eto’o who by now is used to such treatment, did what he knows best and responded by scoring a sublime goal.
Only a few weeks ago, two of the games biggest governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA issued statements on a similar case where fans of Lokomotiv Moscow placed a disrespectful banner during a league thanking West Ham for buying their Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie.
Both FIFA and UEFA said they were powerless to act in that situation raising concerns as to how future racist incidents will be handled. Yesterday’s match was barely underway when the referee Mr. Paolo Tagliavento stopped play.
Mr. Tagliavento had heard racist chants and ordered for an announcement to be on the Public address system to warn that he would suspend the game if the chants continued.
Coming to the defense of his club and town, Massimo Cellini Cagliari’s President said that the referee misunderstood the fans. Speaking to RAI after the match, Cellini termed Mr. Tagliavento’s actions as an ‘error of judgement’.
“It was certainly an error of judgment,”
“Racist incidents do not happen here in Cagliari. I can exclude that categorically. Our fans are not like that.”
Meanwhile, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero reached a milestone with the Bianconeri on Sunday when he equaled Giampiero Boniperti’s record of 178 Serie A goals.
In dramatic fashion, the striker came off the bench to grab Juve’s 4th goal of the day with only 8 minutes remaining in the game. The Turin giants beat Lecce 4-0 in Turin to take them 5th in the standings on 11 points 4 behind surprise leaders Lazio.
Speaking to Mindset Premium Del Piero expressed his delight of adding yet another record to his glittering career.
“I am pleased to have reached the record of an exceptional person and to have contributed to the victory,”
“Earning the applause is nice, every game is difficult, our sacrifices have been rewarded this Sunday. Let’s enjoy the result and then tomorrow we’ll think about the next match.”
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