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Police identify 'Hitlerson' fan from Lazio-Roma derby

Rome's Jewish community slams anti-Semitic chants at derby.

The football fan immortalised at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Sunday wearing the 'Hitlerson' shirt with the number 88, a reference to the Nazi salute, has been identified by police. 

 

The German man, described as "a Lazio sympathiser" in Italian news reports, was tracked down thanks to video footage from the derby match which saw Lazio beat AS Roma 1-0.

 

The man could be charged under Italy's so-called Mancino law against gestures, actions and slogans hailing Nazism or Fascism, whose penalties include jail terms of up to 18 months and fines of up to €6,000, reports news agency ANSA.

 

The German national was identified along with two other men who made stiff-armed salutes during the game, the Polizia di Stato said on Wednesday. Local media report that these two men are Romanian.

 

Ruth Dureghello, president of Rome's Jewish community, on Monday condemned the anti-Semitic chants from some Lazio supporters during the derby.

 

"A whole curve singing anti-Semitic chants, a 'fan' in the stands with the Hitlerson shirt and the number 88 and we, as always, are the only ones to get indignant and protest" - Dureghello wrote on Twitter - "Is it possible that everyone continues to turn a blind eye?"

 

Italy's sports minister Andrea Abodi replied to Dureghello's tweet, writing: "Impossible to pretend nothing happened. I will do my part, as I feel obliged to do. Respect is due and not negotiable!"

 

In a statement on Tuesday, Lazio dissociated itself from "any illegal and anachronistic behviour of this type" and stressed that the club is "at the forefront, especially under the current presidency, in publicly condemning, preventing and unreservedly repressing any discriminatory, racist or anti-Semitic demonstration or action".

 

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