Italia’s football authorities are on the brink of deciding whether to ban the Alley Cats from the Serie A league next season after a video showing the pair dancing on a subway train went viral on social media.
The video of the duo, who have not been named, shows them posing for a picture in front of a subway station with their legs dangling above the rails.
They are then seen dancing in front the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the city of Genoa, the birthplace of the legendary Italian striker Andrea Pirlo.
The Alley Cats’ former manager, Alessandro del Piero, has previously spoken out against the move, saying the league would become “a league of a dead man walking”.
The video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times and more than 13,000 people have now signed an online petition calling for Del Pieros ban from the league.
In a statement, Genoa’s chief prosecutor Massimo Giordano said the video was “a gross violation of the rights of the victims”.
“In the light of the gravity of this case, we have to be very clear about our position,” he added.
“This is not about a disagreement about the rules of the game, but about the principle of freedom of expression.”
We ask the league and the clubs to immediately respect the rights and sensitivities of the victim.
“Genoa has always shown itself to be a tolerant and accepting city, and we are always open to discussions with all the parties involved.”
The Alley Cat’s former manager Carlo Ratti has previously been accused of “stealing” Pirlos’ signature.
In 2014, Ratti was charged with corruption in connection with a deal involving Pirlós and the Genoa club.