AC Milan’s Serie A game on Sunday night was temporarily suspended because of racist abuse directed towards Mario Balotelli and other black players by Roma fans.
Referee Gianluca Rocchi halted the game and the stadium announcer told Roma supporters they must desist with their monkey chants against black Milan players, or the game would be postponed.
Earlier Sulley Muntari was sent off for restraining the referee when it seemed like he was going to issue Balotelli a second yellow card.
Totti was later sent off for an elbow on Milan defender Phillipe Mexes, as the game petered out to a 0-0 draw.
In January a friendly between Milan and Pro Patria was suspended because of racist chants aimed at Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The Italian Football Federation introduced new rules to help referees tackle racist behaviour in the wake of Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng’s decision to walk off the pitch in a January friendly against Pro Patria in the face of abuse.
Referees are now able to call matches to a halt for an announcement to be made demanding an end to chants.
Should any such announcements fail to have an effect on offenders, match and stadium officials are ultimately authorised to abandon the game.
The Rossoneri must now wait until the final day of the campaign to match or better fourth-placed Fiorentina’s result, while Roma’s only hope of a foray into Europe rests on success in the Coppa Italia final, where they face Lazio.
Fiorentina kept themselves within touching distance of Milan by beating Palermo 1-0 and condemning the Sicilians to relegation, Luca Toni scoring the only goal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
And playing alongside the Rosanero in Serie B will be Siena, whose fate was sealed before the Tuscans had kicked a ball in anger.
Giuseppe Iachini’s men started the day six points shy of 17th-placed Genoa and knew their destiny was out of their own hands when Inter Milan visited the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
The Rossoblu duly registered a goalless draw against Inter to secure their own future and render Siena’s later game at Napoli a dead rubber.
Udinese and Lazio are desperate to secure Europa League football by booking fifth place and the Romans kept in touch with their northern rivals by beating Sampdoria 2-0.
After a brace from Antonio Di Natale saw Udinese overturn Giuseppe De Luca’s early goal to beat Atalanta 2-1 at the Stadio Friuli, Lazio managed to edge out 10-man Samp in the capital city.
Sergio Floccari opened the scoring at the Stadio Olimpico and Antonio Candreva rubber-stamped the points with a penalty after Samp substitute Renan was dismissed for dissent.
Elsewhere, Bologna claimed all three points from the Emilia Derby as Saphir Taider and Davide Moscardelli scored the goals to beat Parma 2-0, while Torino claimed a 1-1 draw with Chievo with Alessio Cerci cancelling out Cyril Thereau’s opener.