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    Football: the Italian Federation investigates anti-Semitic slogans by Lazio fans

    The events date back to March 3. Lazio traveled to Naples for the 25th day of the Italian championship. If the Romans won (1-0), their fans illustrated themselves in the worst possible way, according to a source from the Italian Federation (FIGC) to AFP. A hundred club supporters are suspected of having launched anti-Semitic chants behind the visitors’ stand before entering the stadium.

    A video of their songs is currently circulating on social media. In it, Lazio fans would brag about being racist and hurl insults at their rivals AS Roma. They would claim in particular that their parents were deported by the Nazis to the gas chambers

    The FIGC therefore quickly took up this case. Especially since the supporters of the Roman team were already targeted by an investigation for events that occurred the same evening. Racist cries would have come from their stands during the game, against Neapolitan striker Victor Osimhen.

    This is far from the first time that Laziale fans have been targeted by such investigations. Last January, the north stand of the Olympic stadium in Rome was closed during a match. The club had been sanctioned after racist cries targeted Lecce players Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda. In 2017, supporters hijacked an image of Anne Frank. The latter was represented with an AS Roma jersey on her shoulders.

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