The former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi has denied being racist after he was quoted as saying there are “too many black players” at youth level in Italy–evidence that the nation is now “without dignity or pride”.

Sacchi, speaking at an awards ceremony, was quoted by Italian media as having said: “I’m certainly not racist and my history as a coach demonstrates that … But look at the Viareggio [youth] tournament I would say that there are too many black players. Italy has no dignity, no pride. It should not be possible that our teams should have 15 foreign players in the squad.”

The 68-year-old, whose club coaching career included spells at Parma, Milan, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, later tried to clarify his stance after the comments were reported, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: “I have been misrepresented, how could I be racist?

“I just said I saw a game featuring a team who fielded four coloured boys. My history speaks for itself, I always coached teams with different colours and I bought many, both at Milan and at Madrid.

“I just wanted to point out that we are losing our national pride and identity.”

Sacchi was Italy coach between 1991 and 1996, during which time he led the national team to the World Cup final in 1994. He later moved into punditry before returning to football to oversee changes to the youth squad.

His comments come months after Carlo Tavecchio, Italy’s FA president, was banned for six months by Uefa for making racist remarks. Tavecchio, 71, caused controversy in when he made a comment about a fictitious African player he named Opti Poba “eating bananas” during the campaign for the presidency. He later apologised for his comments.

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  • Reynardine

    ‘I’m Not Racist . . . but There Are Too Many Blacks in America’

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      I am, and you’re right.

    • Speedy Steve

      There are too many minorities in my water park.

  • IstvanIN

    He said almost the right thing. He should have not there are too many colored players, he should have said there should be none.

  • HJ11

    Italians are White, not Black. Get the Blacks out.

    • TruthBeTold

      Read Taylors’ article on football. We both had the same reaction as kids when we found out that people from other cities play on teams.

      An African isn’t an Italian and he shouldn’t be on an Italian team.

      • bv

        Ever.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      Jimbo was born in Italy and is an Italian. Italy is a nation of immigrants. I’m sure you immigrated here from somewhere, or at least your ancestors did, such as when they immigrated out of Africa. Only ignorant people would be racist. Now, we need to discriminate against white people through affirmative action in order to correct ….

      • bv

        I hope this is your jeste.

  • superlloyd

    In every Western European country there are scores of negroes playing soccer, many at national level. He’s right. Europeans have lost their dignity and pride in the onslaught of immigrants and PC dictatorship. What true Frenchman could have supported his national team of a few years ago when it was loaded to the gunwales with Africans?

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      I posted a comment about this earlier this week.
      Blacks mature faster, which gives them a serious edge in youth sports, since they are effectively competing in an age-group where whites are a year behind them. There is a big difference between a 13 year old and a 14 year old.
      This in turn leads to blacks taking over youth league teams and shoving whites out, and you can’t become a good player if you don’t get any training when you are young.

      Those whites that still do make it, when they are essentially competing in a league where everyone is older than them, will then go on to become far better players than their team mates, once they get old enough that physical maturity has stopped being such a big divider. In other words, when they get out of junior leagues and into the pro world.

      • Susannah

        This is absolutely true. I have two elementary-school- age sons who play on sports teams, and the discrepancy involved when their teams play black teams is stark. The black kids are invariably bigger and usually faster, which clearly leads to an unfair advantage. My son’s basketball team was badly defeated last weekend by a black team whose members mostly looked to be about 2 years older than the kids on my son’s team.

        I’m certain the issue of faster-maturing black kids having an advantage will never, ever be discussed.

        • superlloyd

          There are probably black 30 year olds still doing third grade.

      • listenupbub

        This is especially true as I watch football (American). There are so many great white football players, even linemen, and football is one sport that depends most on physique and least on skill (so you should expect genetically superior blacks to dominate more.)

        Then, when you watch NBA basketball- sure, the black players are flashier, but Dirk and Gasol dominated.

        It reminds me of my high school’s basketball team, which was 90% white. Through discipline, they competed against black teams that were obviously more athletic.

      • John Smith

        Coincidentally, early hominids, with less developed brains, also developed faster, based on fossil evidence, including skull capacity measurements; the maturation of the brain takes more time for more intelligent species.

  • RebelliousTreecko

    People really need to stop saying things like “I support/oppose/am not, but…”

    • listenupbub

      and instead just say I am RIGHT, this is the TRUTH.

  • Luca

    He has eyes and a brain, but in this brave new world he cannot speak the truth.

  • MekongDelta69

    When will cowed White people STOP saying, “I’m not racist, but…”

    • Sick of it

      When the shooting starts.

  • B.A_2014

    In England teams are not to recruit from the local area. It’s an absurd policy and since then they seem to be sending more scouts to Africa. There are some great African players but to pollute your own country with bantus for a football game is . . .what am I saying, most football fans wouldn’t see anything wrong with that.

    • bv

      They never win anyhow, hasn’t anyone noticed? All the teams that win are overwhelmingly white.

  • Chip Carver

    Whites are being browbeaten the world over, many not even bothering to try anymore. The coming backlash (with Europe starting to slowly swing to the right) is going to be terrific and fierce. And well deserved.

  • Magician

    Isn’t team France mostly black too?

    • bv

      The others are Magreb Arabs.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    Strange how Italy was able to win 4 World Cups with all-white teams.

  • dd121

    I’ve always thought there should be sports for the fully human, and separate teams for all the sub-species. There used to be and sports was more honest. Serena Williams playing tennis against whites? I have no interest in that sport.

  • ejXinMI

    I’m fine with being called a racist… just do it as you board a plane for Africa, or cross into Meh-Hee-Koh.

  • Musashi5000

    Problem #1: Blacks in Italy.

    • Alexandra1973

      I can only imagine what Italian ebonics sounds like.

      • Jefferson Goodberry

        HA! You just won the Internet for the day with that comment!

      • Quido

        I have heard Italians use the word for charcoal to describe blacks

        • John Smith

          I’d think the word for criminal would be more apt.

      • Musashi5000

        Just as moronic as it is does in English.

  • Alexandra1973

    Doesn’t he know that any form of nationalism is “racism”?

    I’m not racist but we have way too many Mexicans here too….

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      I am and you’re right.

  • LeonNJ

    Need not to worry Italy, with all the new boat people swimming over, your team will now be 90% Arab come next World Cup. Cheer up!

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      A lot of the boat people are african…..and I don’t mean north african.

      • bv

        They’re both cancers.

  • paul marchand

    Whites should have their own teams.

    • John Smith

      And countries.

      • bv

        Especially that!

  • paul marchand

    I am pro-white. I like blacks etc. Want them to succeed. But not at our expense.

    • adplatt126

      Yeah, and I want to be able to ride a bounding grasshopper to the moon. Ain’t gonna happen.

    • bv

      I’m for my own first and foremost.

  • Quido

    Bravo Sr. Sacchi Italia per gli Italiani. Italy for Italians

  • Cobbett

    For Fcuk sake Italy – Stop the Rot Now. Or else you will end up like England and France.

  • Cobbett

    For Jupiter’s sake Italy – Stop the rot NOW. Or else you will end up like England and France.

    • Speedy Steve

      They will end up like Libya and Ethiopia — their former African colonies.

  • Cobbett

    The last time France’s national team was mostly white was in the 80’s.

  • WR_the_realist

    Never precede any statement with “I’m not a racist but…” No matter what follows the “but”, you will in fact be accused of being a racist. That phrase is the verbal equivalent of raising your arms in front of your face and pleading, “Please don’t hurt me!” It only encourages the bullies.

  • jayvbellis

    Italian national soccer teams always play for a 0-0 tie, then win the shootout. Talk about boring. No wonder Italy has a low birth rate.

  • Wing-nut.

    He wasn’t racist before he stated the obvious.

    Now he is.

    Welcome to reality.

  • bv

    I thought this was only a French and English disease?

  • John Smith

    One thing I will say about Southern Europe is that they seem less hung up on being PC than Northern Europeans or Americans and Canadians. I know some are trying, even there, but the public, overall, seems unfazed by this campaign.

  • bv

    Magreb Arabs aren’t white, that means Zidane.

    • John Smith

      He’s mostly Berber, and they do qualify as white, like the native inhabitants of the Canaries, who are related. He has green eyes and he does look pretty white to me, if he stays out of the sun.

      • bv

        No the don’t they’re not R1B so hence not my kind.

      • bv

        Not for me Pal, if you won’t take my word for it, I’ll give you and address in a particular banlieue in Iles de France south of Paris.

        After you spend an all expense paid vacation in the apartment block there, then tell me how white they are?

        • John Smith

          How do you classify the Sami of Finland and Norway – because they share a common ancestry.

  • Speedy Steve

    I always coached teams with different colours and I bought many … That’s more like it, Signor Sacchi! And they say slavery ended after the War of Northern Aggression.