(Reuters) – Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist abuse from AS Roma fans during a 0-0 draw in Serie A on Sunday.
Italian news network ANSA reported that the 21-year-old was targeted with monkey chants by travelling supporters at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
“I heard it but I don’t want to talk about it. This happens too often, it shouldn’t be this way,” Vieira told Rai Sport.
The chants were heard coming from the away end, occupied by around 2000 Roma fans, during the first half.
The abuse continued and was noted by fourth official Antonio Giua.
Corriere dello Sport reported that an announcement was made on the stadium loudspeaker warning fans that the match would be suspended if the chants continued.
Vieira was born in Guinea-Bissau but has represented England at youth level, having moved to the country at a young age.
He joined Sampdoria from Leeds United in 2018.
Last month, Roma banned a fan for life for sending racist insults to defender Juan Jesus on social media.
There have already been several incidents of racism in Serie A this season.
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku received abuse from Cagliari fans in September and a game was briefly suspended when Fiorentina defender Dalbert said he had been racially abused by Atalanta supporters.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie, editing by Pritha Sarkar)