On Monday, a severed pig’s head was delivered to the headquarters of Sampdoria, an Italian Serie A club, amid fan unrest. The incident is the latest in a series of protests from supporters of the Genoa-based club who are unhappy with the team’s poor performance this season.
The pig’s head, which was accompanied by a note, was left at the entrance of the club’s headquarters in the early hours of Monday morning. The note read: “Sampdoria fans are tired of the club’s lack of ambition and the lack of respect for the supporters.”
The incident has been met with shock and outrage by both the club and its fans. Sampdoria have condemned the act, calling it “unacceptable and intolerable”, while the police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations from the club’s supporters, who are unhappy with the team’s recent form. Sampdoria are currently 15th in the Serie A table, having won just four of their 15 league matches this season.
The club’s president, Massimo Ferrero, has come under fire from fans for his handling of the team. Ferrero has been in charge since 2014 and has been criticised for his lack of investment in the squad and for failing to bring in a top-class manager.
The protests have grown in recent weeks and the incident has only served to further anger the supporters. It remains to be seen how the club and its fans will resolve the situation, but one thing is for sure: Sampdoria need to act quickly in order to restore the faith of their supporters.