Italy PM criticizes Lazio fans

Images of Anne Frank wearing a Roma jersey are among the anti-Semitic stickers and graffiti left by Lazio fans that have been discovered at the Stadio Olimpico.

By: AP | Updated: October 24, 2017 8:44:12 pm

The stickers were plastered around the Stadio Olimpico during Sunday’s Serie A game against Cagliari. (Source: Reuters)

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says it’s wrong to underestimate the risk posed by fans of Lazio’s soccer team, who plastered Rome’s stadium with stickers of Anne Frank wearing the jersey of crosstown rival Roma.

Gentiloni said Tuesday the stickers were “unbelievable, unacceptable and to not be minimized.”

The stickers were plastered around the Stadio Olimpico during Sunday’s Serie A game against Cagliari.

Lazio’s president Claudio Lotito has visited Rome’s main synagogue and promised a new anti-Semitism education campaign.

The president of Lazio soccer club has visited Rome’s main synagogue and promised a new anti-Semitism education campaign after fans plastered Rome’s stadium with stickers of Anne Frank wearing crosstown rival Roma’s jersey.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito sought Tuesday to disassociate the club from the hard-core ultra fans who plastered the stickers around the Stadio Olimpico during Sunday’s Serie A game against Cagliari.

Lotito said the club would be intensifying its efforts to combat racism and anti-Semitism and announced Lazio would organize an annual trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp with some 200 young fans to “educate them not to forget.”

Lazio fans have a history of racist and anti-Semitic behavior, including a Lazio banner in the intra-city derby nearly 20 years ago aimed at Roma supporters that read: “Auschwitz Is Your Homeland; The Ovens Are Your Homes.”

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