Italian Soccer Fans Taunt Rivals With anti-Semitic Anne Frank Chants

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Lazio's supporters before the Italian Serie A football match between Lazio and Roma on April 15, 2018
Lazio's supporters before the Italian Serie A football match between Lazio and Roma on April 15, 2018Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP

“Anne Frank is a Rome supporter,” the Lazio fans chanted Sunday at the Roma squad, in an incident reminiscent of the offensive stickers illustrated with a picture of Anne Frank wearing a Roma shirt, intended as an insult, that the same fans produced last autumn. 

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The new incident ahead of the game between Lazio and the arch-rival Roma came days after Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. Their match ended scoreless.

The Lazio team was fined over $60,000 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 soccer rules, clubs are responsible for the behavior of their supporters in the stadium.

Following that incident, Lazio President Claudio Lotito announced that his club would take 200 fans every year to visit Auschwitz, however no such trip has occured to date. 

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Also, Lotito claimed at the time Lazio players would visit schools to speak to students about respecting rules and stamping out racism and social barriers.

After Lotito visited Rome’s main synagogue and laid a wreath there to apologize for the stickers desecrating Anne Frank, members of the Rome community threw the flowers into river Tiber.

Many did not take his apology seriously after he was caught calling it a "charade" in a private conversation overheard and recorded by fellow plane-passengers.

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