Norwegian broadcast corporation NRK showed TV-footage of a group of Italian supporters repeatedly doing Nazi salutes and chanting “Sieg Heil” during the FIFA World Cup qualifier at Ullevaal stadium Saturday June 4th. The incidents at Saturday evening's match followed the arrest of eight other Italian soccer fans when they landed at the airport in Sandefjord on Saturday.
FARE partner in Norway, Show Racism The Red Card, have asked the Norwegian FA for a meeting to discuss the incident and possible actions to address such behaviour in future, but have not received a response as yet. During a meeting in Solna, Sweden, Show Racism The Red Card Norway coincidentally met the president and head of information of the Norwegian FA and addressed the incident during the match. The FA was deeply disturbed by the incident but did not interfere. They told us however, that they have reported the incident to FIFA.
“Even though we understand the fear of inciting violence by taking action against the supporters who did the Nazi salutes, we will continue to urge the Norwegian FA to use the experiences of FARE partners and others to find ways to stop such behaviour in future matches,” says Henrik Stabell of the Norwegian SRTRC. To let such behaviour continue throughout a match is unacceptable and undermines the fight against racism in football.