The news editor of an Italian sports newspaper was fired Tuesday after running a headline that mocked three female Olympic athletes who missed out on a team archery bronze medal as a "trio of fatties."
The head of Poligrafici Editoriale media group apologized in a public statement after the dailies Quotidiano Sportivo (QS) and Il Resto del Carlino published the offending article on Monday.
Andrea Riffeser Monti said the incident led him to "remove QS Editor Giuseppe Tassi from his position, with immediate effect."
Guendalina Sartori, Lucilla Boari and Claudia Mandia lost their Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze to Chinese Taipei on Sunday. The next day, QS commented: "The trio of fatties almost achieve an Olympic miracle."
The headline drew widespred condemnation on social media and a protest letter from Italian Archery Federation head Mario Scarzella.
"Focusing on the looks of these women [...] was really in poor taste," Scarzella said.
"After crying all night [over their defeat,] this morning these women did not find the sympathy of the Italian press [...] but also had to suffer this humiliation," he charged, adding that all Italian archery athletes were "up in arms."