Moscow, January 5 – Lazio Football Club said it will help the authorities find its fans who insulted black Lecce players Samuel Umtiti and Lamic Banda on the basis of racism during the match of the 16th round of the Italian championship.
Lecce beat Lazio 2-1 on Wednesday at home. Midway through the second half, visiting fans started shouting racial slurs at the 2018 World Championships match with Frans Umtiti. The referee stopped the meeting for a few minutes, and an announcement was made in the stadium calling for the cheering to stop. In the first half, Banda was humiliated.
Lazio has always opposed all forms of racism and discrimination with all available means, implementing initiatives to suppress these phenomena, educating their supporters about this problem and working to protect their image. Lazio condemns those responsible for this heinous and outdated act and, as always, will offer the authorities the utmost cooperation in identifying those responsible. “Lazio fans are neither racist nor identifiable with a few people who seriously damage the club’s image,” the team’s official website said in a statement.
Support for Umtiti was expressed on Twitter by Barcelona, from whom Lecce has loaned the player out. Earlier Thursday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino condemned the actions of Lazio fans.
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