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Serie A: Hellas Verona hammered €12,000 for racist on Super Eagles striker

Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona has been fined a sum of €12,000 by the league's disciplinary commission for the racist jeering by the fans of Verona against Super Eagles and Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen.

The Naples travelled to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on Monday for their opening fixture of the 2022/23 Serie A season, in what was an entertaining goal thriller encounter.

The Gialloblu tried to match the Partenopeans but the gulf in class was glaring as the victors emerged winners 5-2 with Osimhen scoring his side's second goal and assisted Napoli's fifth goal in the rout.

The match was however marred by racist chants aimed at Osimhen from some sections of the home fans.

A section of the home fans launched monkey chants at the Super Eagles striker, but the 23-year-old, who kept his cool throughout the game, however, had the last laugh after taunting the Verona fans on scoring his side’s second goal.

Osimhen mocked the fans by pretending to cry into the camera as he celebrated his goal with his teammates.

Meanwhile, according to an Italian publication, el grafico, the league’s disciplinary commission found the home side guilty and has hammered them with a fine.

“Hellas Verona was fined €12,000 for considering that it allowed its fans to carry out racist chants against the player Victor Osimhen, from Napoli, during the match between the two teams for the first date of Serie A of Italian football.

“After the first day of Serie A 2022/23, an investigation into Hellas Verona-Naples was opened with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which considers it necessary to clarify and identify those responsible for the first racial discrimination choirs against a Napoli player.”

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