Italian boxer Michele Broili has suspended his activities due to a Nazi tattoo on his chest. With the decoration of his body, he aroused resentment last week, when he fought in Trieste for the home title in super fly weight. His Moroccan originator Hassan Nourdine said after the match that he was disgusted by the sight of Broili’s tattoo. In addition, according to witnesses, Broili’s fans cheered and sang Nazi songs as he entered the ring.
“I was shocked when I saw the tattoos. It’s obscene, I can’t excuse it. I don’t think it’s normal. But I’m not hiding that winning over someone with a tattoo like that is doubly valuable,” Nourdine said.
On Thursday, the disciplinary commission of the Italian boxing federation stopped the activities of the 28-year-old boxer at least until November 19, when his case will be discussed.
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“The tribunal considers the revealed tattoos with unmistakable Nazi symbols during the official sports competition to run counter to the general principles,” the federation said in a statement.
Broili’s involvement in the struggle was also opposed by the National Anti-Racial Discrimination Office. “We ask for an explanation as to why the match was not stopped immediately in this situation,” said Triantafillos director Loukarelis. According to the media, the Italian police are also interested in the case.