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Italian federation opens case against Sampdoria president Ferrero for discriminatory comment

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ROME — The Italian football federation has opened a disciplinary case against Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero for a discriminatory comment aimed at his Inter Milan colleague.

Last month, Ferrero told former Inter president Massimo Moratti to "kick out that Filipino" in reference to Indonesian entrepreneur and current Inter president Erick Thohir, in the latest racism gaffe to hit Italian soccer.

Ferrero later apologized for the remark, saying he was merely trying to praise Moratti.

Ferrero and Sampdoria will now face a case before the federation's in-house discipline court.

Meanwhile, federation president Carlo Tavecchio is serving a six-month UEFA and FIFA ban following a racist comment during his election campaign.

The Italian federation dropped its own racism inquiry into Tavecchio.

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