Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
A Roma star’s pretty mum has said “it is better to be envied than to be pitied” after sexist chants were directed at her during a match.
The sexist chants were heard during Roma’s 2-0 loss to Parma during their Serie A match in the city of Parma located in northern Italy this past Sunday 10th November.
The chants from the Parma fans were directed at Roma superstar Nicolo Zaniolo’s mother Francesca Costa, 41, in which “la mamma di Zaniolo e una puttana” (Zaniolo’s mother is a wh*re).
Shortly after the chants Costa took to social media and responded by saying: “To the sexist chants we answer with a smile. Always.
“It is better to be envied than pitied. Thank you, love.”
Ending the post with “explain to them that we laugh about this”.
Costa also took the time to thank fans for showing their support saying: “In this post, I want to thank the Roma fans for your thousands and thousands of messages showing support for Nicolo and the entire family. Your affection is truly touching and incredible.
“Furthermore, I want to thank the Napoli fans that have taken the time to write two or more words despite the disappointing result, showing their love for Nicolo writing the most beautiful and genuine things, something football does not always show.
“This football can only be loved. Thank you again for your sportsmanship!”
Zaniolo, 20, has played for Roma since last year and has netted seven strikes in 39 appearances scoring his first goal for the club at just 19 years of age.
The 20-year-old also started playing for Italy this year making four appearances.
Roma are currently sixth in Serie A with 22 points. They are set to play Brescia on 24th November who are bottom of the league.
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