TENNIS- Umpire Gianluca Moscarella has been banned from officiating pending an investigation into his comments to a ball girl.
A video of Moscarella addressing a ball girl has gone viral on social media. He can be seen telling the girl she was “very sexy, then asking: “are you hot... physically or emotionally... or both?”
He addressed the girl during a second-tier ATP men’s tournament in Florence, Italy, last week. He was also accused of inappropriate conduct towards one of the players.
“We are aware of a number of incidents involving chair umpire Gianluca Moscarella during a match between Pedro Sousa and Enrico Dalla Valle at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Florence last week,” the ATP said in a statement.
“Moscarella was immediately dismissed from the tournament when the matter was brought to light, and a full investigation has been initiated.
“Meanwhile, Moscarella has been provisionally suspended from his services as a contracted ATP official pending the results of the investigation.”