Lazio ultras caused controversy and consternation when ordering women and children to avoid the “sacred space” of the Curva Nord.
The hard-line fans handed out flyers before tonight’s opening Serie A match, a 2-1 home defeat to Napoli, with the bizarre directive.
“The Curva Nord represents for us a sacred space,” read the statement.
“An environment with an unwritten code to be respected. The first few rows, as always, have been experienced like the trenches.
“In the trenches, we do not allow women, wives and girlfriends, so we invite them to position themselves from the 10th row back.
“Anyone who chooses the stadium as an alternative to a romantic walk in Villa Borghese can go to other areas of the Olimpico.”
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