A female Italian TV reporter was slapped on the buttocks live on air by a football fan in the aftermath of a game played this weekend to raise awareness of violence against women.
Greta Beccaglia, a journalist with Italy's Toscana TV, was reporting live from outside the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli where Fiorentina lost 2-1 to the hosts in a Serie A clash.
Beccaglia was speaking to despondent Fiorentina fans following the game when two men approached her from behind.
One of the men appeared to spit in his hand, before slapped the journalist's buttocks in a shocking display of sexual harassment live on air.
A visibly disgusted Beccaglia turned on the men, wagging her finger before telling them: 'Sorry, you can't do this, I'm sorry.'
But the men quickly made their exit before another fan jumped into shot and swore at the camera.
The incident came in the immediate aftermath of the game in which players wore a red mark on their cheeks during the game in support of the 'give violence against women the red card' campaign, on the same week of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25).
Beccaglia was speaking to despondent Fiorentina fans following the game when two men approached her from behind
One of the men slapped her buttocks in a shocking display of sexual harassment live on air moments after he was caught on camera appearing to spit in his hand
Greta Beccaglia is a journalist with Italy's Toscana TV and regularly covers the top flight Italian football league Serie A. She was molested live on air by a fan on Saturday as she reported live from Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli.
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A visibly stunned and disgusted Beccaglia turns to tell them off, but she is told, 'don't get angry, don't get upset' by her male co-host
The Order of Journalists of Tuscany denounced the incident as a 'very serious episode of harassment', and railed against the deplorable behaviour of the fans which 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 must not be repeated.
'It was filmed live on TV because I was at work, but