After making the score 5-0, the highly rated teenager walked up to Inter’s Justice Opoku and shouted, “This is for you, you black b*****d.”
Opoku reacted with a slap and La Ferrara was substituted immediately to avoid any further altercation. Christian Brocchi, then coach of AC Milan’s youth team, made La Ferrara apologise to all members of the opposing bench and did not feature him in the following four rounds.
According to La Gazetta dello Sport, the FIGC Federal Court, chaired by Sergio Artico, punished both the player and the club with a five match ban and a €5,000 fine, respectively.
Last year, Atalanta’s Alberto Grassi involved in similar case was punished with a ten match ban. The ban was halved on appeal after the Under-19 Italian international started volunteer work as part of his re-education.
In circumstances similar to Grassi’s, the Federal Court’s prosecutor demanded a ten match ban and a fine of €10,000, which was reduced because of La Ferrara’s conscious behaviour in apologising immediately, and Milan banning him for four subsequent rounds.
The Rossoneri have decided not to appeal the decision.