(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 25 – The head of Italy’s national singers’
soccer team resigned Tuesday after banning an Italian actress
from taking part in this year’s ‘Game of the Heart’ charity
soccer match because she is a woman.
Gianluca Pecchini stepped down as general manager of the team
after the furore kicked up by the case.
Aurora Leone, part of the The Jackal comedy duo, said she was
ejected from the prematch dinner by Pecchini, who allegedly told
her “you can’t be here because you’re a woman”.
Pecchini, general manager of the team, allegedly said “since
when have women been playing football?”
Leone had been called up to take part in the match along with
her The Jackal companion Ciro Priello.
The much-loved game is set to take place this evening at
Juventus’s home ground in Turin.
Politicians from across the political divide and women’s rights
activists have deplored the alleged discrimination. (ANSA).
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