Italy: a boxer suspended for his Nazi tattoos

Rome | An Italian boxer was suspended Thursday by the Italian Boxing Federation because of his “tattoos with Nazi symbols and evocations”, at the heart of a controversy since an official fight last Saturday.

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The tattoos of Michele Broili, 28, were denounced by several Italian media on the occasion of the fight he played – and lost – last Saturday in Trieste (north) for the attribution of the title of Italian champion of the super featherweight.

His victorious opponent, Hassan Nourdine, 34, told media that he felt “disgust” when he “saw the tattoos on Broili’s body praising Nazism” as well as “Roman salutes” in the stands. While assuring that Broili had always remained “cordial” with him, both before and after the fight.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, which had deemed “unacceptable” that the boxer is allowed to enter the ring with these tattoos, he sported several “Nazi symbols” on his chest.

The court of the Italian Federation, meeting on Thursday, decided to suspend the native boxer of Trieste at least until November 19, the date scheduled for the end of the preliminary investigation opened by the federal prosecutor.

“The court considers that showing in public tattoos with unmistakable Nazi symbols and evocations during an official sports competition represents serious and unjustified behavior for a licensee”, opposing “the general principles of equality, of no -violence and non-discrimination at the base of the sports system ”, according to the decision.

The National Office for the Fight against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), attached to the services of the Prime Minister, was indignant at the holding of the match under these conditions.

“We ask that light be shed on the reasons why, faced with such serious conduct, it was not decided to immediately stop the match, and why it took so long to take up a case manifesto of apology to Nazism, ”thundered the director of the organization, Triantafillos Loukarelis, in a statement.

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