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Lazio have issued an official club statement condemning the racist and anti-Semitic actions of a minority of their supporters during the 1-0 Derby della Capitale victory over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night. The Biancocelesti have taken a firm stance against such actions and have dissociated themselves from the minority of fans responsible for the weekend scenes.
“Lazio has always been at the forefront, especially under the current presidency, to publicly condemn, prevent and repress without reservation any discriminatory, racist or anti-Semitic demonstration or action. The club’s condemnation of such actions, which have nothing to do with the legitimate supporters represented by the club, has always been punctual, never generic and always supported by specific initiatives aimed at preventing and combating such phenomena. Lazio dissociates itself from any illegal and anachronistic behavior of this type, because it is above all an entity damaged after such behavior. Many reproduce the behavior without even knowing the full meaning and scope of their actions. Lazio is inspired by the opposite values: inclusion, sportsmanship and respect for all,” reads the club’s website.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time Lazio fans had been involved in an incident of this nature, with sections of the self-proclaimed right-wing ultras being banned on several occasions in recent years. The Curva Nord was temporarily closed after a match against Lecce on January 4, 2023, during which Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti was subjected to racist insults before leaving the field in tears.
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