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The federal government is unhappy over Italy’s motor racing team’s plan to display their naval flag to express solidarity with the Italian marines, arrested in the fishermen shooting case in Kerala, during the Indian Grand Prix this weekend.
"Using sporting events to promote causes not of a sporting nature, not in keeping with spirit of sports," the MEA has said.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has frowned at a statement by the Ferrari team that it hoped India and Italy would find a solution to the situation and called Italian Navy as one of the "outstanding entities of our country".
The National Fishermen's Forum (NFF) has also angrily condemned the move.
NFF Secretary T. Peter said in Thiruvananthapuram that Ferrari's decision amounted to "a shame on the nation".
"Allowing the Italian company to openly express support and solidarity to the under trials is a serious lapse on the part of the government and sports authorities of the country," Peter said.
He said that the forum demands that the company be asked to reconsider this.
However, Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has distanced himself from the storm kicked up by Ferrari's decision, saying the national association should look into such "political matters".
"What we'd do, we'd look at the national sporting authority (FMSCI) here to have a look at that...we are not political," Ecclestone said when asked about Ferrari's decision.
The naval guards on board Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' were arrested on February 19, four days after they gunned down two Indian fishermen Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki at high sea off Kerala coast.
The motor racing event is started yesterday in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
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