The Italian Almanac

Daniele Veggiato

Italian News / Sport - January 2

A hockey player has been banned for life from Italy's national team after repeatedly shouting racist slurs at a rival skater during a league game. Daniele Veggiato, a forward for the top hockey league's Alleghe team, was banned from "all future activities of the national teams" after a match against Cortina during which he insulted rival defender Luca Zandonella, the Italian Federation of Ice Sports said in a statement.

Zandonella's father is Italian and his mother is from Mauritius. During the game, Veggiato repeatedly addressed the 18-year-old Zandonella in Italian with slurs, said Franz Sinn, the head of the federation's hockey section. The lifetime ban is largely symbolic since Veggiato, 27, hasn't played with the national team since 2003 and is not on Italy's roster for the Turin Winter Olympics in February. But hockey officials said the ban was significant.

In addition to the ban, Veggiato was expelled from the rink during the match and will serve a five-match suspension for upcoming league games.