Outrage in Italy after female TV reporter is ‘molested’ live by football fan

A female Italian TV reporter was punched live by a football fan in the wake of a match played this weekend to raise awareness of violence against women.

Greta Beccaglia, a journalist for Italy’s Toscana TV, covered live from outside the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, where Fiorentina lost 2-1 to the hosts in a Serie A clash.

Beccaglia spoke to dejected Fiorentina fans after the game when two men approached her from behind.

One of the men appeared to spit in his hand before slapping the journalist on the butt in a shocking depiction of sexual harassment, broadcast live.

A visibly disgusted Beccaglia turned to the men, wagging her finger before saying, “Sorry, you can’t do this, I’m sorry.”

But the men quickly came out before another fan jumped into the shot and swore at the camera.

The incident took place in the immediate aftermath of the match, with players wearing a red patch on their cheeks during the match in support of the ‘Red Card Violence Against Women’ campaign, the same week of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women (November 25).

Beccaglia spoke to despondent Fiorentina fans after the game when two men approached her from behind

One of the men slapped her on the buttocks in a shocking display of sexual harassment, broadcast live moments after he was caught on camera appearing to spit in his hand

One of the men slapped her on the buttocks in a shocking display of sexual harassment, broadcast live moments after he was caught on camera appearing to spit in his hand

Greta Beccaglia is a journalist at the Italian Toscana TV and regularly reports on the Italian football league Serie A.

She was molested live by a fan on Saturday while reporting live from the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli.

Greta Beccaglia is a journalist for Italy’s Toscana TV and regular coverage of the Italian football league Serie A. She was molested live by a fan on Saturday while reporting live from the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli.

A visibly stunned and disgusted Beccaglia turns to reject them but is told to 'don't get mad, don't get upset' by her male co-host

A visibly stunned and disgusted Beccaglia turns to reject them, but is told to ‘don’t get mad, don’t get upset’ by her male co-host

The Order of Journalists of Tuscany denounced the incident as a “very serious episode of intimidation” and denounced the deplorable behavior of fans that took place “on a day when the greatest attention was paid to the fight against violence against women”.

The order went on to publicly express their solidarity with Beccaglia, who herself said of the incident: “What happened to me is unacceptable and should not be repeated.

“It was filmed live on TV because I was at work, but unfortunately, as we know, such harassment with other women happens with the cameras off, that is, without anyone knowing. It cannot and should not happen,” she told the Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentino.

“Everyone was screaming and I felt helpless. Fans aren’t like that, they shouldn’t be like that. But you know what hurt me too? That no one around me said anything. Everyone saw it, but nobody did or said anything.’

Meanwhile, her male colleague Giorgio Micheletti, who presented the interview from Toscana TV’s broadcast center, has come under harsh criticism from viewers for not condemning the actions of the men involved, but simply telling his reporter: ‘Don’t get mad, don’t get upset. region’.

Commentators have argued that Beccaglia’s colleague uses the same “patriarchal rhetoric” that makes such acts of assault possible and he has been criticized for failing to condemn the incident or stop the live stream.

Shortly after the incident, Beccaglia tries to regain her composure before another fan jumps into view and curses at the camera

Shortly after the incident, Beccaglia tries to regain her composure before another fan jumps into view and curses at the camera

For her part, Beccaglia has since told Corriere Fiorentino that Micheletti is a “serious professional” who did not fully realize what was going on and “apologised many times and invited me to tell what happened and report it” after the incident .

Police in Empoli are now investigating the incident and are viewing the clip from Toscana TV along with CCTV footage from the area to try to identify the perpetrators, Corriere Fiorentino said.

While Beccaglia was being sexually harassed in Empoli, thousands of protesters lined the streets in Rome to protest violence against women.

Huge crowds of protesters were seen in the Italian capital during a march planned to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which took place on Thursday.

The day is celebrated on November 25 every year after it was first made official by the United Nations (UN) in 1999, and the protest in Rome was just one of many that took place across Europe.

Thousands take part in a demonstration organized by the feminist movement 'Non una di meno', as part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 27, 2021 in Rome, Italy

Thousands take part in a demonstration organized by the feminist movement ‘Non una di meno’, as part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 27, 2021 in Rome, Italy

Hundreds of women also filled the streets of London on Saturday in protest against rape and male violence against women.

Protesters held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from the Marble Arch neighborhood to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night.

Anneliese Dodds, shadow secretary of state for women and equality, joined the protesters, urging them to “close” the capital in a rousing speech through a megaphone.

The women-only march was part of the annual Reclaim The Night event, which first began in 1977, at the height of the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

The event has taken on new meaning this year after a spate of attacks on women in the dark.

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