FA also assessing reports of West Ham United directing anti-semitic abuse at Spurs fans
The FA is preparing report to UEFA following anti-semitic chanting by Lazio fans, during last week’s draw with Tottenham.
In the first half of Thursday’s game Lazio fans could be heard chanting “Juden Tottenham”.
This follows on from the match at White Hart Lane in October when Lazio fans were heard directing monkey chants at Tottenham’s black players, Jermain Defoe, Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon. As a result of which the club were fined £32,500.
Before the game last week, several Tottenham fans were attacked and some stabbed at a bar in the City. Police have arrested two men for attempted murder.
Racism continues to be a very big problem in Italian football. In the Rome derby earlier this year, Brazilian international Juan could be seen putting his finger to his lips in response to racist chants from Lazio fans. During the same game, Roma fans directed similar chants at a Lazio player.
Ged Grebby SRtRC Chief Executive said “Fines seem to have very little impact on clubs like Lazio in terms of actually dealing with racist behaviour.
“The Italian Football Federation needs to finally get to grips with the issue and institute a national campaign to rid the game of racism.
“We hope that UEFA can have a positive influence in helping this to happen.”
There is no national campaign like Kick It Out in Italy. In 2010 it was reported that there are only three Italian clubs have their own anti-racism campaigns.
According to the BBC this morning the FA is looking into reports of West Ham United fans chanting anti-semitic taunts and abuse about the Spurs fans stabbed in Rome last week.
The FA will listen to reports from match officials before deciding whether to open an investigation. More to follow.