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Mario Balotelli has expressed his gratitude for the support he received in the wake of racist abuse which saw him set to walk off at Verona - and claims those responsible should be ashamed.

The forward picked up the ball and kicked it into the stands before making to leave the pitch in the 54th minute of the Serie A match at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Footage later appeared which showed Balotelli was reacting to racist abuse, with monkey chants clearly audible.

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A court in Italy's Milan has rejected an appeal on lifting a burqa and veil ban in public places that came into force in Lombardy in 2016.

The northeastern region adopted the regulations that explicitly outlawed the use of Islamic face coverings in public.

The decision was approved by a trial court before it was taken to the appeal court in Milan, local media reported Thursday.

Ali Abu Shwaima, the chairman of the Lombardy Islamic Center, said there has never been a...

Their children cannot eat pork or meat that is not slaughtered according to the halal method.

For this a group of Bengali Muslims asked the leadership of the elementary school attended by their children, in Mestre, to be able to have "halal" meat according to the rules of the Koran on the menu of the canteen.

The case broke out on the occasion of the first meeting of the families of the students with the teachers of the primary "Cesare Battisti", where the classes have over 60...

Europol, the European police agency, issued a “Strategic Report” earlier Tuesday, saying that right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states. The confidential report, cited by German media, says that the extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members. The report noted that extremist groups are getting “increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics.”

EU police agency Europol warned of growing far-right violence...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums “very serious” following the latest incident of offensive chants.

A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants.

The referee ordered a warning to be read over the stadium’s loudspeaker after the chants were apparently made by Atalanta fans toward Fiorentina fullback Dalbert Henrique, a Brazilian player who is...

A football pundit has been banned from an Italian TV station after making a shocking racist comment about Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku.

Luciano Passirani said of the former Manchester United striker: "If they go one-on-one with you you're dead, you fall to the ground. 

"The only way to out-muscle him is to give him ten bananas to eat..."

Director of the station Fabio Ravezzani went on air almost immediately and apologised for the comments, making clear that Passirani...

Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...

The situation the refugee camps in Italy are far from humanitarian conditions. The cameras of the visitors are broken when entering in the camp, so that they would not be able to record the inhumane conditions there. The food is disgusting, the toilets do not have doors, the beds are outdoor, the violence is common and the length of stay is indefinite.

Centri di Permanenza per il Rimpatrio (CPR) Camp, the refugee detention center in Italy’s Turin, is an example of hardship and...

Italian police on Monday seized a German migrant rescue ship that had been stranded at sea for a week with more than 100 migrants aboard, and will disembark the migrants soon, a police spokesman said.

The ship's captain had earlier set course for the port of Pozzallo, on the island of Sicily, sparking a new standoff between rescuers and Italy's interior minister just as he looks set to lose his job.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, signed a decree last week...

Open Arms say they understand that the Spanish government will allow them to disembark in Mallorca, as it is the nearest Spanish port to the embattled vessel.

"Now, after 18 days of stagnation, Italy and Spain seem to have reached an agreement, identifying Mallorca as a port of disembarkation," it said in a press release.

However, the charity have expressed concern over the time it would take to sail the boat to a Balearic port as they are currently based off the coast of Italy...

Two boats carrying more than 500 migrants remain stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to allow them to dock.

Open Arms, the Spanish NGO operating one of the vessels, said they felt "abandoned" and criticised Europe's alleged silence on the matter.

It is now 12 days that the boat has been stranded with around 150 migrants onboard near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Another boat, "Ocean Viking", operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS...

The Italian government on Monday won a confidence vote in the Senate on a decree targeting charities operating migrant rescue ships, in a victory for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and his far-right League party.

The government of the League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has been riven by internal strife in recent weeks but won the vote by 160 to 57. It would have had to resign had it lost the motion.

The decree drawn up by Salvini, who also serves as deputy...

Italian police are investigating a leaked photo of a blindfolded American teenager who is accused of killing an officer in Rome.

The photo of murder suspect Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, was shown by Italian media on Sunday.

Mr Natale-Hjorth and his friend, 19-year-old Finnegan Lee Elder, were arrested on suspicion of killing police officer Mario Cerciello Rega on Friday.

Rega, 35, was stabbed to death in the Prati neighbourhood of Rome.

He was allegedly...

The EU's migration policy ignores problems faced by countries most affected by asylum seekers across the Mediterranean, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini complained on Sunday.

Mr Salvini, also Italian Deputy Prime Minister, criticised the central roles played by France and Germany in setting migration policy for the EU.

“Enough of making choices only in Paris and Berlin,” he wrote in a Facebook on Sunday, accompanied by a letter sent to French Interior Minister...

Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile and rocket launchers, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers in an arms haul that authorities said was almost without precedent.

At least three people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo - 50, a former candidate for the neo-fascist New Force, or Forza Nuova party (FN) - have been arrested.

Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had...