Marcel Jacobs has to do with the sporty Ius Soli as much as the cabbages with the snack. To be precise, involving him in this discourse would be like saying that Francesco Totti is the living symbol of Lazio. The 100-meter Olympic champion, despite being born in the USA, acquired Italian citizenship at birth through his mother Viviana Masini. In short, like almost all Italian citizens scattered not only in the boot but also throughout the world, Marcel is an Italian citizen for Ius Sanguinis. Those who connect it to the Ius Soli show off Guinness record incompetence.
On the other hand, the beneficiary of the Ius Soli, in the temperate form provided for by the current law on the attribution of citizenship, is Eseosa Desalu, the third fractionist of the Olympic gold quartet. Good Fausto, as he chose to be called in our language, was born in Italy of foreign parents in 1994. On February 19, 2012, his 18th birthday, he gained the right to Italian citizenship, thus becoming our compatriot. Precisely the case of Fausto Desalu allows us to address the issue, so much heralded in recent days, of the sporting Ius Soli. Having been the undersigned to introduce this case in the administrative system of a sports federation, I believe I have a minimum of competence in the matter.
It was in February 2003 and within the Italian Cricket Federation, which I chaired at the time, there was a high number of cases, among the youth members, of boys born here but without Italian citizenship. These youngsters, eager to take the field, were penalized by the odds on foreign players that were filled by adult players who were better than themselves. At the same time, poor Italian players were lined up with these potential champions forced to act as spectators. To correct this bad distortion, the federal council of the Federcricket decided to introduce a law that recognized as full-fledged Italian citizens those who were already in power. In practice, it was an anticipation of a future right not yet matured. This, and only this, is the sporty Ius Soli!
We come to the current debate. My position on citizenship reform is clearly expressed in the article published by TPI on 23 March last. I continue assuming that those who read now have already seen my previous post. A few days ago I wrote to Giovanni Malagò proposing to him the hypothesis that in the evolutionary process of the attribution of citizenship, sports attendance is also accompanied by school attendance. Certainly, parameters will have to be established, which I leave to the sports jurists, but it is equally clear that this new case has nothing to do with the Ius Soli. On the contrary, it will have to address exclusively to subjects not born in Italy, given that those who have seen the light of the sun in our country are already protected by the norm on temperate Ius Soli.
One gets the impression, in the heated debate underway, that the will to find a solution to the problem is, in reality, scarce. Unfortunately, everyone’s desire to reaffirm their immutable thoughts prevails. Reaffirming the determination to an Ius Soli that there will never be seems to be the prerogative of a PD desperate to recover the consensus lost on its left. Likewise, it is too easy for Meloni and Salvini to use this identification of any discourse on citizenship with the Ius Soli to block natural evolutionary processes such as the attribution of citizenship through school attendance. The Ius Soli currently constitutes the main obstacle to the reform of citizenship in Italy. Those who have not yet understood this are either incompetent or in bad faith. Which of the two is worse, I leave it to you to decide.