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Lazio fined but avoid stadium ban for Anne Frank photo

2018-01-25 14:10
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Rome - Lazio have been fined €50 000 but avoided a stadium ban over posters created by their fans featuring Holocaust victim Anne Frank, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced on Thursday.

FIGC prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had demanded a fine and two games be played behind closed doors after Lazio's infamous ultra fans fly-posted photos of Anne Frank in a shirt of bitter city rivals Roma during a game against Cagliari last October.

The FICG said in a statement Thursday that their sporting tribunal had decided on a "partial acceptance" of the prosecutor's requests.

The two Rome clubs share the Stadio Olimpico and Lazio's ultras were housed in the south end of the ground normally reserved for Roma supporters. Their own north end had been closed following racist chants during a game against Sassuolo earlier the same month.

Thirteen Lazio fans have received stadium bans of between five and eight years in connection with the pictures which provoked an outcry in Italy.

Lazio are flying high in Serie A and opened up a three-point lead over fourth-placed Inter Milan with a 3-0 win over Udinese on Wednesday to boost their push for a Champions League spot next season.

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