Lazio have condemned the fascist salutes by its fans in Sunday’s derby match against Roma, and have handed out lifetime bans to those involved.
The Derby della Capitale has always been one of the more fiery affairs in Italy’s top flight, but in recent decades the rivalry between both sets of supporters has taken on a more sinister tone.
Sunday’s Serie A matchup was no different, as Lazio fans in the clubs’ shared Stadio Olimpico could be seen making fascist salutes and singing anti-semitic chants.
In the hours following the match – which was won by Lazio thanks to a solitary Mattia Zaccagni strike – footage emerged on social media of one fan present at the Olimpico wearing a Lazio shirt. On the back, the name ‘Hitlerson‘ was written, alongside the number 88.
Lazio condemned the anti-semitic gestures in a club statement issued on Wednesday, which read: “In the course of Sunday’s match, Lazio v Roma, and in the days immediately following, three people were identified who were the protagonists of behaviour that had nothing to do with supporting and which manifested forms of discrimination and anti-Semitism.”