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Fifa President Gianni Infantino. Photo: Getty Images

The president of the world football governing body (FIFA) has called on the Italian football association to learn from the English FA on how to curb and punish anyone found guilty of racism during a football match.

Infantino during the FIFA Award said that the Italian football should apply English-style punishments to supporters guilty of racism.

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Concise News learnt that Sunday’s game between Atalanta and Fiorentina was halted after reports of racist chanting, the latest in a line of similar incidents in Italy.

“You can’t have racism in society or in football,” said Infantino. “In Italy, the situation hasn’t improved.”

Fiorentina’s Brazilian wing-back Dalbert told the referee he had been the target of racist chanting and the Serie A match, which finished 2-2, was temporarily suspended.

An announcement was read out over the public address system and the game continued.

Last week, Cagliari were cleared of racist chanting towards Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku in a Serie A match.

That was the third time Cagliari have been investigated for alleged racist abuse in the past two years.

Previous cases involved Moise Kean, the Italy forward now at Everton, and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi, Kean’s then Juventus team-mate – but no action was taken on either occasion.

“Racism is combated with education, condemnation and discussion,” added Infantino.

“You need to identify those responsible and throw them out of the stadiums. You need, as in England, the certainty of the penalty.

You can’t be afraid to condemn racists, we need to combat them until they stop.”