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Lazio racism forces Serie A to shut Curva Nord for two games

October 4 – A section of Lazio’s stadium will be closed for two Serie A games following another outbreak of racist chanting by the Italian club’s fans during the 6-1 home win against Sassuolo last Sunday.

Chants were aimed at Sassuolo’s Alfred Duncan and Claud Adjapong and the stadium announcer warned that the match could be suspended if the racism continued. Duncan is a Ghana international while Adjapong, was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents.

Serie A’s disciplinary report said “2,000 of the 5,449 occupants” of the Curva Nord stand were guilty of “chants expressive of racial discrimination”.

The Curva Nord will therefore be closed for the visit of Cagliari on 22 October and Udinese on November 5.

Late last month, Lazio beat Belgian side Zulte Waregem 2-0 in a Europa League match played behind closed doors due to punishment from UEFA for racist chants aimed at a Sparta Prague player a couple of seasons ago.

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