Zoro to captain next Messina game01 December 2005

Ivory Coast international Marc Zoro, who was the target of racist abuse at the weekend, will be made captain of Messina at Treviso on December 4.

Defender Zoro was reduced to tears after being subjected to awful levels of abuse by sections of the visiting fans in Sunday's 2-1 home defeat against Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A League. He sparked a national debate after nearly walking off the pitch, only staying following the support of his colleagues.

Referees should act
Earlier, during the launch of a declaration against football racism by MEPs, UEFA vice-president Per Ravn Omdal called upon referees to take more action, “Those who did not wake up, you have to wake up – because the referee can do a lot in a specific game. Either to stop it, to listen, to report and eventually to abandon the game if that kind of abuse is taking place.”

Guiding light
Pietro Franza, the president of the Sicilian club, said, “Zoro is a model player at our club which has been welcoming players of different nationalities for years and he will soon become the symbol of the fight against racism in our national sport. We admire him for what he has done. We are citizens of the world and we will continue to be.”