Luciano Passirani has quickly become one of the most hated people in Europe right now, as his racist comments towards Internazionale's Romelu Lukaku went viral, up to the point where he was even suspended by the tv network.
Talking on Voi Stadio Show, the TV pundit allegedly tried to laud Lukaku's great start of the season, but his comments were, misfortunate, to say the least:
"I don't see any other player in Italy now like Lukaku. [...] I really like him. The only way to stop him is to say, 'Here are 10 bananas that you can eat'," Passirani said during the show.
Lukaku had already faced a lot of jeers and racist insults at Italy prior to Passirani's comments, as well as receiving monkey chants from opposing fans, so that made his comments even worse.
Moreover, Fabio Ravezzani, the programs director, went on to defend his colleague's metaphor, while the network stated that he'll be banned from appearing in the show from now on:
"Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist, I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity. I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary," Ravezzani said.
Passirani was forced to apologize for his terrible comments and had to tell Corriere dello Sport he wasn't a racist after all of the criticism he was facing on social media:
"I have been in the world of football for 40 years and have never received a suspension for behavior in any of the roles I have held, but I accept the decision made against me. I would not like to pass for a racist. My partner who has lived with me for 17 years is black, I have two black granddaughters. I am not a racist and I believe I am an educated person in every respect. In my career I met so many black players and I never had any problems," he claimed.
Racism jeers and insults got way out of hand years ago and the fact that some supporters still try to mock black players because of the color of their skin is something decent people just can't fathom. Hopefully, they'll all be banned from stadiums rather sooner than later.