An Italian lower court will hear a case brought before it by a Ghanaian youth international Caleb Ekuban who claims he was racially abused by an Italian Gaetano Iannini during a youth league game.
The Italian Football Federation has already splashed a 10-match ban on the young Italian but a court in Bolzano, a suburb of South Tyrol in Northern Italy has taken the matter up for investigation and due punishment.
Ekuban suffered the abuse while in action for his loan club Südtirol against Matera, a club the Italian plays for.
The court sat for hearing on Monday but later had to adjourn the case as the presiding judge failed to make an appearance in court.
Italian football is growing with great popularity for racial abuse after Ghana internationals Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng all suffered attacks while in action for AC Milan.
In January this year, Kevin-Prince Boateng led AC Milan players to abandon a low-profile game with non-league side Pro Partia after black players on the pitch were attacked by fans.
Many believe Boateng quit AC Milan to join Schalke 04 in Germany due to several racial attacks on him.
With the latest incident involving the young Ghanaian who is owned by Seria A side Genoa, the world’s attention will be drawn to the severity of the punishment that will be ditched out to the offender if he is found guilty before the court.