Sunday February 23 2014
Reja: 'Bizarre atmosphere'

Edy Reja praised Lazio’s ability to fight back and beat Sassuolo 3-2 in “a bizarre atmosphere” after fan protests.

The supporters held a march through the streets of Rome urging someone to ‘Free Lazio’ from President Claudio Lotito before the game and continued their protests inside the Stadio Olimpico.

There had to be a huge security force surrounding the patron in the stands for his own protection.

“We played under a lot of tension in a bizarre atmosphere. This is very strange and doesn’t happen every day,” Reja told Mediaset Premium.

“The lads put in a great performance, especially in terms of character. They really wanted to win this game and I have to compliment the team.

“I don’t know what the situation is with the ultras. Of course it would be nice to see the fans, team and directors form a single entity.

“I know many Lazio fans who truly love the club colours, but everyone has the right to their own opinion. All I can say is that we’ll try to give our best for the rest of the season.

“I remember in past years at Lazio we finished fourth and fifth, yet I was heavily criticised. This is part of the game. I prefer the clear and honest rapport I have with everyone in the locker room.”

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