Friday March 1 2013
Lotito: 'UEFA mistook Nazi salutes'

Sergio Floccari is in the Lazio squad to face Milan tomorrow, while President Claudio Lotito insists the fans are “innocent” of racist abuse after their UEFA ban.

Floccari has been carrying a knock to the knee, but is included in the group of 19 players travelling to San Siro for the Saturday evening clash.

As Miroslav Klose, Stefano Mauri and Cristian Brocchi are out, Floccari’s absence would be a huge blow.

Michael Ciani returns to the defence following his ban.

Meanwhile, Lazio President Lotito again blasted UEFA for ordering the club to play their next two European home games behind closed doors.

The club was also fined €40,000 after UEFA inspectors wrote they saw a group of around 200-300 Lazio ultras performing Nazi salutes in the stands during a Europa League tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.

“We were punished for something that in reality never happened,” insisted Lotito in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The UEFA delegates mistook a gesture from the fans. When they chant, it is normal to hold the arm up straight in time with the song. They were not fascist salutes.

“We will lodge an appeal, as it is not right to be forced to play behind closed doors without having done anything.”

Lazio were already on a suspended sentence after repeated instances of racist abuse from supporters during the Europa League this season.

Lazio squad for Milan: Marchetti, Bizzarri, Strakosha; Biava, Dias, Radu, Ciani, Pereirinha; Cana, Ledesma, Onazi, Ederson, Candreva, Lulic, Gonzalez, Hernanes; Floccari, Kozak, Saha

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