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Is anyone going to do anything about racism in Italian football?

by | 21st, September 2012

SS LAZIO have always been branded as racist or fascist. Not too long ago, Paulo Di Canio gave a straight-arm salute from the Lazio pitch and publicly defended himself by saying “I am a fascist, not a racist”. Of course, very little was done to remedy this.

Lazio were also the club of Benito Mussolini. “Il Duce” even built the ground the currently play in. And when Di Canio gave his shameful salute during the Rome derby of 2005, Mussolini’s daughter was in the crowd and chirruped; “What a delightful Roman salute!” after the game, adding: “I was deeply moved. I will write him a thank you note.”

Lazio’s Ultras have displayed banners, mocking Roma, that say “Team of Blacks, Crowd of Jews” .

So it isn’t surprising that Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham side are looking to UEFA to sort out the alleged monkey-chants aimed at players in last night’s Europa League match. It is reported that Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were all subject to racist taunts from the visiting Lazio fans.

UEFA president Michel Platini was at the game, so is there any excuse for weak-wristed action or playing dumb from

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