Italian football fans taunt rivals with anti-Semitic chant
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Italian football fans taunt rivals with anti-Semitic chant

Lazio supporters heard singing “Anne Frank is from Roma" during Sunday's Rome derby

In October 2017,  Lazio fans posted pictures of Anne Frank pictured in the shirt of their club rivals, Roma
In October 2017, Lazio fans posted pictures of Anne Frank pictured in the shirt of their club rivals, Roma

Football supporters of Italian football club Lazio have once again been caught taunting a Rome rival with anti-Semitic chants about Anne Frank.

The fans shouted “Anne Frank is from Roma”, during the side’s 0-0 draw at The Olympic Stadium on Sunday. The incident in the fierce local  rivalry came days after Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

The Lazio team was fined over £52,000 in January after fans plastered stickers at its home stadium showing Anne Frank wearing a Roma uniform and the tagline “Roma fans are Jews.”

Under Italian football rules, clubs are responsible for the behavior of their supporters in the stadium.

Following that incident, Lazio President Claudio Lotito announced in response to the incident that his club would take 200 fans every year to visit Auschwitz. Also, he said players would visit schools to speak to students about respecting rules and stamping out racism and social barriers.

Lotito also visited Rome’s main synagogue and laid a wreath there in memory of Holocaust victims and condemned the actions of the fans.

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