Lazio bans three fans for antisemitic behaviour, Curva Nord could be closed for Juve game

March 23 – Lazio are issuing life bans at the Stadio Olimpico to three fans for antisemitic behaviour during the Rome derby on Sunday, including one who wore a Nazi message on his replica top.

The club said in a statement that once it has received the trio’s personal details from police they would be “banned for life from the stadium”, and would be “seeking damages in any eventual criminal proceedings”.

One of the fans was pictured during Sunday’s 1-0 win over cross-town rivals Roma wearing shirt with the name ‘Hitlerson’ and the number 88, a reference to the Nazi Germany slogan ‘Heil Hitler’, on the back.

Police in Rome who identified him say that he is a German who also invaded the Stadio Olimpico pitch during a previous derby with Roma in April 2009. Two other fans are being banned for performing ‘Roman salutes’, which are associated with fascism.

Lazio, whose supporters have long been associated with racism, said the three fans had shown “forms of discrimination and antisemitism” and that life bans would be issued after the club receive their details from the police.

Italian media report that Lazio risk hosting Juventus on Easter weekend with the Curva Nord end of the stadium closed for the second time this season.

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