Lazio President Claudio Lotito has called for an end to the ‘misunderstandings’ between himself and the club’s fans.
The Biancocelesti played several home matches in front of sparse crowds during the second half of last season, due to supporters boycotting games in protest at the running of the Stadio Olimipico side.
However, the 57-year-old hopes that this will end with the start of the new campaign and expressed his regret at having failed to build a better relationship with fans.
“I hope that with the new season the misunderstandings from the past can be resolved,” Lotito told La Repubblica. “Leaving the stadium empty is a pointless protest.
“Football needs rules, transparency and order. It can’t compromise on that.
“In any case, let’s not forget that Lazio needs everyone in order to keep going – its accounts in order, the project and its supporters.
“In 2004 I saved Lazio from folding, you can’t deny that fact. To resolve the difficult financial situation Lazio were in I initiated a process of reorganisation, which has now brought us back to having balanced the books.
“My major regret is to have not managed to build a solid and close relationship with a part of the Biancocelesti fan base. It’s probably the most radical and close-knit part.”
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