The future of defender Francesco Acerbi at Inter Milan is all dependent on the outcome of an investigation into an alleged racial abuse incident.

Today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, report that the 36-year-old will have no future at the Nerazzurri should he be found guilty of racially abusing Napoli’s Juan Jesus.

The immediate question that the investigation into the alleged racial abuse incident involving Acerbi and Jesus will answer is whether the Inter defender will receive a suspension.

Should Italian FA prosecutor Giuseppe Chine find the 36-year-old guilty of using racially discriminatory language, then he would face a ban of at least ten matches.

Alternatively, Chine could sanction Acerbi less harshly.

This would be if the prosecutor finds the Italian international guilty of an offense under Section 39 of the Code of Sporting Justice (“seriously unsportsmanlike conduct”) rather than Section 28 (concerning discriminatory behaviour).

In that case, it could be possible for Acerbi to receive a ban of two or three matches.

And, should Chine not find Acerbi guilty of any offenses, then the former Lazio and Sassuolo defender would be acquitted.

Acerbi would likely be ready to start against Empoli after the international break.

Francesco Acerbi Future At Inter Dependent On Outcome Of Racism Row

Should Chine sentence Acerbi to a ten-match ban, the 36-year-old will miss the remainder of the season.

Inter have just nine matches left to play. Therefore, Acerbi would not be able to play in any of them. He would also miss the first match of next season.

But Tuttosport note that in that case, Acerbi wouldn’t likely be an Inter player for the start of next season.

The Nerazzurri will do everything they can to offload Acerbi if he is found guilty of racist abuse.

The club have taken a zero tolerance policy in these matters since the Presidency of Massimo Moratti.

Having a player found guilty of racist abuse in the squad would harm the club’s image and credibility. It could also cause a dressing room rift.

Therefore, there would be no way for Acerbi to go on in an Inter shirt if Chine finds him guilty.