Female reporter's bizarre response to 'disgusting' crowd chant controversy

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

The female presenter at the centre of a ‘disgusting’ crowd chant at a football game in Italy has addressed the furore created by the viral moment.

Diletta Leotta, who works on DAZN’s coverage of Serie A, was walking off the pitch at a Napoli game recently when sections of the crowd started chanting “fuori le tette”.

The chant roughly translates to “get your t**s out”.

Leotta could be seen wagging her finger at the Stadio San Paolo crowd and giving a big thumbs down gesture.

Video of the incident went global and sparked widespread condemnation of the fans, with many labelling their actions as ‘disgusting’.

However Leotta has since spoken out about the incident and said it was merely a ‘misunderstanding’.

"Napoli fans supported me throughout the game, then they tried to go further after Napoli won, but it was just a joke,” she told The Sun.

"My reaction was part of the irony of the moment."

Diletta Leotta at the Napoli game. Image: Getty/Twitter

Leotta said she was shocked to see the worldwide coverage.

"Sometimes it feels like everything I do goes viral," she said.

"If I work out at the gym or dance in a club... So I wasn't surprised, but I didn't expect this story to cross so many borders."

The 28-year-old is a star in Italy, with over 4.6 million followers on Instagram.

The former weather girl won the “Miss Elegant” crown at the Miss Italy beauty pageant in 2009.

She also has a law degree and graduated from Rome’s Luiss University in 2015.

Diletta Leotta and Federico Balzaretti at the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Lecce. (Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Last month Italian club Atalanta condemned fans who allegedly racially abused Fiorentina's Brazilian left-back Dalbert.

The Italian top-flight match match was briefly halted by the referee during the first half after Dalbert reported heard racist chants from the stands.

Atalanta said in a statement on Monday that they "disassociate themselves from any form of discrimination that may have occurred".

The statement added: "Atalanta, along with their supporters and fans, are and will always be a mouthpiece for the values of solidarity and equality.

"The stupidity of a few must be fought together and we believe that it has neither colours nor jerseys. It needs to be isolated."

Also last month, Atalanta's Serie A rivals Cagliari avoided punishment after supporters allegedly aimed racist abuse at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku, a decision that was fiercely criticised by anti-discrimination groups.

with AAP