August 20 – Hardcore fans of Lazio have caused outrage by circulating a flier saying women should be banned from part of the Curva Nord of Rome’s Olympic Stadium described by supporters as their “sacred space”.
The flier adds that the first few rows “have been experienced like the trenches.”
“In the trenches, we do not allow women, wives and girlfriends, so we invite them to position themselves from the 10th row back.”
“Those who choose the stadium as an alternative to the carefree and romantic day at the Villa Borghese [a Roman historic house and park], should go to other parts,”
Lazio spokesman Arturo Diaconale told Italian news agency Ansa on Sunday that “it is not the position of the club, we are against any discrimination.”
Yet Lazio fans have been conspicuous by their discriminatory conduct, not least last season when they littered the Stadio Olimpico with images of Anne Frank, one of the most iconic Jewish victims of the Holocaust, wearing the shirt of city rival Roma. Lazio were subsequently fined €50,000.
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