A male tennis umpire has been suspended after being caught making inappropriate remarks to a young ball girl.
Chair umpire Gianluca Moscarella made the "indecent" comments during an ATP Challenger Tour match in Florence last week.
Footage of the incident has been circulating on social media, where Moscarella can be clearly heard chatting to the young girl.
The Italian official is heard referring to the school student as "very sexy" before asking "are you hot... physically or emotionally?"
Tennis umpire Gianluca Moscarella has been banned from officiating, following his comments to a ball girl. Video on social media showed Moscarella telling the girl she was “very sexy, then asking: “are you hot... physically or emotionally... or both?”https://t.co/enRSoQcir3— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) October 1, 2019
The disgusting scenes took place during a match between Pedro Sousa and Enrico Dalla Valle.
Italian umpire at centre of investigation
The Italian umpire was also accused of instructing one of the players to "stay focused" while his opponent left the court for a toilet break.
In a statement from the ATP, the governing body for men's tennis confirmed the umpire had been suspended while an investigation was being carried out over the incident.
"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,” it said.
"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.”
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