Lazio ultras strongly deny racist label
Lazio have been ordered to play one game with the section in which their ultras stand, known as Curva Nord closed.
A spokesperson for the supporters group released a press statement in response to the racism claims. It said:
“Accusing our Curva of racism, a Curva that never kicked black kids out of our sector and always accepted the progressive increase of diverse ethnicities in our team, making them idols like Liverani, Dabo, Onazi, Ciani, Cisse etc is truly ridiculous as well as insulting!
“Our attempts to make people understand over the years that the famous ‘buuu’ noises are not racially offensive, but simply a mocking gesture to irritate whoever our opponent happens to be, have proved to be in vain.
“Your interests have meant all our explanation and clarification has been pointless. We therefore ask our population of ultras to avoid the monkey noises.
“We are more mature and we will prove it, just as we always have done, with our superiority even in this instance disarming the hypocrites who push against us.”
It is not the first time the Lazio ultras have been accused of racial abuse of opposing players, having been ordered to play two European games behind closed doors last season following racist chanting as well as being fined £120,000 after their Europa League game against Tottenham for a similar incident.
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