Wednesday October 9 2013
Lotito: Punish the people, not the clubs

Lazio President Claudio Lotito has hit out at UEFA and FIGC regulation that has seen a number of Italian stadiums closed because of racism.

Milan will have to play their game against Udinese behind closed doors because of ‘insulting’ chants heard by their fans.

But the Biancocelesti chief has claimed that clubs shouldn’t be punished for wanting to prevent such incidents.

“We are a team that is engaged with ending racism,” he told Lazio Style Radio. “And all forms of discrimination.

“Teams that implement such policies shouldn’t be punished because of a few people.

“The people who indulge in racist behaviour do not have any values or education [as to why it’s wrong].

“Sometime it’s not racism but rudeness that then flows into hooliganism.

“The measures are disproportionate. We should not be closing entire stadiums.”

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