Monza CEO Adriano Galliani feels that it is “unlikely” that Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi racially abused Napoli’s Juan Jesus.

Speaking to reporters, via FCInterNews, Galliani emphasized that he knows Acerbi personally and doesn’t believe that the 36-year-old would use a racial slur as is alleged.

Inter defender Acerbi allegedly used a racial slur whilst arguing with Napoli defender Juan Jesus during Sunday evening’s Serie A match.

The Napoli player has been vehement in saying that this was the case.

However, Acerbi has denied that he used racially discriminatory language with equal vehemence.

The 36-year-old former Lazio and Sassuolo defender has claimed that Jesus must have “misunderstood” his comments in order to come to the conclusion that there had been a racial slur.

Monza CEO Galliani Defends Francesco Acerbi From Racism Allegations: “I Know Him”

Now, it will come down to an investigation by the prosecutors’ office of the Italian FA to determine what happened.

However, Monza CEO Galliani – who knows Acerbi from the defender’s time with AC Milan – feels that it is unlikely to be the case that the player did indeed use a racial slur as Jesus alleges.

The veteran football executive said that “I know Acerbi.”

“So I think that it’s unlikely,” Galliani continued.

“But I don’t know, because I haven’t seen it.”

The prosecutors’ office of the Italian FA should interview both Acerbi and Napoli defender Jesus in the next few days.

Moreover, the prosecutor will review available video footage of the incident between the two players.

He will also speak to others who were on the pitch at the time including players and referees.

If the prosecutor determines that Acerbi did indeed racially abuse Jesus, then he will face a lengthy ban.

The Inter and Italy defender would be suspended for a long time. Some reports claiming up to 10 Serie A matches.