Boxing news: Michele Broili banned because of Nazi tattoos, reaction
An Italian boxer has been suspended after shamelessly entering the ring showing off offensive tattoos that have no place in society.
An Italian boxer who entered the ring for a title fight this weekend with visible Nazi tattoos was suspended on Friday (AEST) by the Italian Boxing Federation.
Michele Broili, 28, sparked an uproar as he lost an Italian super featherweight title fight on points to Hassan Nourdine in Trieste on Saturday.
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Nourdine, who is of Moroccan descent, said he felt “disgust” when “saw the tattoos on Broili’s body praising Nazism” as well as the “Roman salutes” – seen as a symbol fascism – people in the stands.
Nourdine, 34, said Broili was “cordial” at all times before and after the fight.
Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport said it was “unacceptable” that the boxer was allowed to enter the ring with these tattoos which featured several “Nazi symbols” on his chest.
The federal court suspended Broili at least until November 19, the date scheduled for the end of the preliminary investigation opened by the federal prosecutor.
“The court considers that the public display of tattoos with unequivocal Nazi symbols and evocations during an official sports competition represents serious and unjustified behavior for a licensee,” he said.
The court added that the tattoos oppose “the general principles of equality, non-violence and non-discrimination at the base of the sports system”.
The National Office for the Fight against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), attached to the Prime Minister’s office, expressed its indignation that the fight is continuing.
“We demand that light be shed on the reasons why, in the face of such serious behavior, it was not decided to stop the game immediately, and why it took so long to act against such an apology for Nazism “, said the director of UNAR Triantafillos Loukarelis. , in a report.