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Name Luciano Passirani
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian TV pundit
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2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Luciano Passirani who claimed Lukaku can only be stopped with 10 bananas denies he’s racist] I don’t see any other player in Italy now like Lukaku. […] I really like him. The only way to stop him is to say, ‘Here are 10 bananas that you can eat’

2019 09 17b Retrieve

[Programme director Fabio Ravezzani on Luciano Passirani’s banana joke] Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist. I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity. I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary

2019 09 17c Retrieve

[Passirani has now attempted to set the record straight and says he would like the opportunity to apologise in person to Lukaku] I have been in the world of football for 40 years and have never received a suspension for behaviour in any of the roles I have held, but I accept the decision made against me

I would not like to pass for a racist. My partner who has lived with me for 17 years is black, I have two black granddaughters. I am not a racist and I believe I am an educated person in every respect. In my career I met so many black players and I never had any problems