Serie A officials probe more racism claims

Sampdoria's Ronaldo Vieira (l) received racial abuse from the crowd against Roma.
Sampdoria's Ronaldo Vieira (l) received racial abuse from the crowd against Roma.

Italian soccer chiefs have opened an investigation after another player was racially abused during a Serie A match.

Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during the teams' 0-0 draw but Serie A's sporting judge said on Tuesday that he has asked for more information before deciding on a possible punishment.

Roma has already said it "will support the authorities in identifying and subsequently banning any individuals found guilty of racially abusing the midfielder."

Vieira, who was born in Guinea Bissau, plays for England's Under-21 team.

Offensive chants have also been aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique and Miralem Pjanic in Serie A games this season.

The Italian soccer federation is said to considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans

Australian Associated Press