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When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly: A journey into the world of Italy's racist soccer thugs.

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Riccardo Grittini, one of the men who yelled monkey chants at Boateng, stands with me in the town square of Corbetta. The search for understanding begins here, half an hour from downtown Milan, with a guy who looks like the second piccolo in a high school band. I don't know what I was expecting. Horns? He's 22 going on 16. Newspapers ran Grittini's photo back in January, but his head shot looks older than his face. I can't picture him looking at another human being and screaming: Oo -- oo -- oo -- oo. What could possibly have made that seem like a good idea?

A long form on Italy's racism in soccer by Wright Thompson for ESPN (illustrated by Roberto Parada). I highly recommend everyone check this out, as it is going to continue to be an issue and the more knowledge we have of the problem, the better.
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