Gorgeous Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta has laughed off sexist chants made by Napoli fans as a joke, insisting it was all a “misunderstanding.”
The 28-year-old beauty made headlines last week when video surfaced of a section of fans at the Stadio San Paolo chanting “fuori le tette” (which roughly translates as “get your t–s out”) at the reporter as she made her way past a stand.
But Leotta, who anchors Serie A coverage for the subscription sports streaming service DAZN, has told SunSport that she saw the funny side, which is why she smiled, wagged her finger and gave the cheeky supporters the thumbs down.
“It was a misunderstanding,” Leotta said. “Napoli fans supported me throughout the game, then they tried to go further after Napoli won, but it was just a joke. My reaction was part of the irony of the moment.”
The blonde bombshell, who fell foul to iCloud hackers in 2016 who leaked nude images of the former Sky Sports Italy host, admitted she never imagined the story would get such traction around the world.
“Sometimes it feels like everything I do goes viral,” she said. “If I work out at the gym or dance in a club… So I wasn’t surprised, but I didn’t expect this story to cross so many borders.”
Three years ago, Leotta was left devastated when private nude pictures were stolen from her iCloud and posted online.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli immediately jumped to her defense at the time, tweeting: “Everyone is free to do what they want with their body, for better or worse. People who abused this situation are a–holes.”
Leotta told us: “I filed charges, not only to protect my personal privacy, but as one of many women who need to fight back because of the same issues. I really appreciated Mario Balotelli’s gesture and support. I felt I was not alone on that occasion and realized that the problem is much more common than I’ve ever expected.”
Leotta began her football journalism career in 2010 when she worked for a Sicilian local network called Antenna Sicillia.
“It has always been a dream of mine since I was a child, and I used to interview my friends after their football matches,” Leotta said.
The Catania-born law-graduate then moved to Sky Sports, where she presented the channel’s Serie B coverage. That was until 2018-19, when she moved to DAZN to host their Serie A coverage, a job she juggles alongside a radio show.
Leotta is one of a number of glamorous female personalities that work in football on Italian TV. But she’s adamant that she and her cohorts are recognized for their footballing knowledge.
“What you see is often different from what the day-to-day job entails,” she said. “A lot of my colleagues are just interested in their work and what happens on the pitch. But you know, Italy is glamorous on its own. It’s always better to have more arrows on your bow. So if you’re just interested in football you hear my words, otherwise you just look at me… I’m kidding, but the metaphor is pretty accurate.”