LAZIO NEWS

New York City FC tactician Patrick Vieira watched Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli train and said he’d love to work in Italy. “There’s passion for football.”
Davide Astori concedes “it was a battle” as Fiorentina pushed past Sampdoria 3-2 to set up a Coppa Italia Quarter-Final tie with Lazio or Cittadella.
Fiorentina were pegged back twice by Sampdoria, but a late Jordan Veretout penalty sealed the 3-2 win in the Coppa Italia Round of 16.
Serie A has officially given Ciro Immobile a one-match ban for his headbutt during Lazio’s 3-1 defeat to Torino on Monday.
Simone Inzaghi says the ‘injustices’ allegedly suffered by Lazio in their last four Serie A games will fire them up against Cittadella in the Coppa Italia.
Nicola Rizzoli, the Serie A referee designator, is quoted as taking Piero Giacomelli to task for not using VAR.
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare looks to move on from the VAR controversy - “I expect a sign of maturity from the squad”.
Urbano Cairo points out Torino were hurt by a VAR error too, and advises Lazio “these things even out”.
Lazio’s spokesman says fans “asked us to carry out acts of protest” with withdrawing from Serie A as “an extreme hypothesis”.
Lazio fans have looked to take revenge on referee Piero Giacomelli - by down voting his café on TripAdvisor.
Nicolas Burdisso has denied telling the referee that Ciro Immobile did not headbutt him during Monday’s contentious Lazio-Torino clash.
Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus’ opponents in the Champions League last 16, have moved top of the UEFA club rankings.
Reports suggest Lazio are sensationally considering whether to forfeit the current Serie A campaign after their controversial defeat to Torino.
Barcelona reportedly sent delegates to Lazio-Torino on Monday to watch Stefan de Vrij, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Andrea Belotti and Luis Alberto.
Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli felt “VAR acted the way it was meant to” after his side’s controversial 3-1 win at Lazio on Monday.
Lazio director Igli Tare called the refereeing in their 3-1 defeat to Torino “more than a scandal. We were clearly damaged and we demand respect.”
Lazio spokesman Arturo Diaconale suggested “there is a design to hobble our campaign” and it becomes difficult to “believe in the good faith” of referees.
Simone Inzaghi said Lazio “feel defrauded for the fourth week in a row and it makes you think. This was the hardest half-time talk of my career.”
Sinisa Mihajlovic shrugged off the refereeing controversy in Torino’s 3-1 win at Lazio, but confirmed Adem Ljajic was dropped for “bad behaviour.”
Marco Parolo blamed the referee for Lazio’s 3-1 home defeat to Torino after the Ciro Immobile dismissal. “Hopefully we can play against 11 men and not 12.”