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Neo-Nazi tattoos of Italian boxer spark public outrage

Itongadol.- The 'SS' or the '88' representative of "Heil Hitler" are the elements that Michele Broili wears on his body. Fans are wondering ho


Itongadol.- The ‘SS’ or the ’88’ representative of “Heil Hitler” are the elements that Michele Broili wears on his body. Fans are wondering how the Italian Boxing Federation allowed the super featherweight to fight in the title match.

Italian boxer Michele Broili faced Hassan Nourdine, of Moroccan origin but of Italian nationality. The problems came when Broili took off his shirt to show off a whole catalog of Nazi tattoos. From the ’88’ that represents the cry of ‘Heil Hitler’, to a representative flag of the ‘SS’.

Outrage over Broili’s tattoos prompted the country’s sports authorities to wonder how the Italian Boxing Federation allowed a boxer with fascist and Nazi tattoos – including an SS ray flag, the Totenkopf (German skull and crossbones) and the symbol of white supremacy 88- was chosen for the fight for the title that was also televised.

Nourdine told the Italian magazine La Stampa that he was’ shocked ‘when he entered the ring and saw Broili’s tattoos:’ Those tattoos seemed obscene to me. There is no justification, ”said Nourdine. “The Italian Boxing Federation should have realized from the beginning that this boxer had such sympathies. Inciting hatred is punishable by law. ‘

According to The Guardian, the fight was also broadcast on the website of Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy’s largest sports magazine, and thousands of viewers were upset to see Broili doing what looked like a fascist salute before the start of the first round.

The Italian Boxing Federation issued a statement reminding its members that they “must refrain from any discriminatory behavior.”

The boxing federation is also looking into the possibility of banning entry to Broili, who also appears to face a criminal investigation that could carry up to two years in prison if convicted of incitement to hatred.