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Serie A: Atalanta fined $11,000 for racist abuse

ACF Fiorentina v Juventus - Serie A

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 14: Henrique Dalbert of ACF Fiorentina gestures during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 14, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

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MILAN (AP) Atalanta has been fined $11,000 for racist chanting by its fans, adding to the notion that Italian soccer authorities are doing little to combat racism.

Fiorentina defender Dalbert Henrique was targeted by racist chanting during his team’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Sept. 22. The match was briefly suspended because of the abuse.

Dalbert was the third black player — after Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie — to be targeted by racist chants during the four opening weekends of Serie A but it was the first sanction to be handed out by the Italian league, federation or police.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino recently lambasted Italian soccer authorities for their lack of action.