The president of the Italian football federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio has been banned for six months by European football’s governing body Uefa over alleged racist comments made by him during his election campaign.
The 71-year-old was criticised in July for referring to African footballers as “eating bananas” during an address to a summer assembly of Italy’s amateur leagues.
He later apologised for his remarks.
The ban means Tavecchio cannot hold any Uefa position and will be barred from the next Uefa congress in March 2015.
He will be unable to carry out his duties as a member of Uefa’s youth and amateur football committee, and has also been told by the governing body to “organise a special event in Italy aimed at increasing awareness against racism”.
However, Tavecchio will continue as head of the FIGC after the federation’s internal prosecutor dropped his inquiry over the comment last month.
Tavecchio, who previously headed Italy’s amateur leagues association (LDN) from 1999 to 2014, was elected as president in August.