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Monday January 20 2020
Lazio demand 'reimbursement' from ultras

Lazio sent a letter to individual fans who made Fascist salutes during a Europa League game against Rennes requesting €50,000 in damages.

The club is trying to take action against the fringe of Far Right ultras who continue to give Lazio a bad name, not just in Italy, but in Europe.

The situation came to a head during the Europa League match against Rennes on October 3, which resulted in UEFA closing a section of the Stadio Olimpico stands as punishment for the next match, along with a €20,000 fine.

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Thursday January 9 2020
Racist supporter given five-year ban

A Hellas Verona fan who racially abused Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has been given a five-year ban from all sporting events.

The incident occurred during a Serie A game at the Stadio Bentegodi, when Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands at the precise area where the offensive chants were coming from.

Verona insisted nobody had heard these racist ‘monkey noises’, only for a Verona fan in the crowd to upload a video to social media where they were clearly audible.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Lazio condemn racist fans

Lazio have released a statement condemning racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli during the Brescia game, pledging legal action against fans responsible.

The 2-1 victory at the Stadio Rigamonti was halted for a couple of minutes when offensive chants were aimed at Balotelli, including some of a racist nature.

The striker sent out a message on Instagram this afternoon about the incident.

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Sunday January 5 2020
Balotelli: 'Shame on Lazio fans'

Mario Balotelli sent a message after Brescia’s 2-1 defeat, with play temporarily halted for offensive chants. “Lazio fans that were there today, SHAME ON YOU!”

Balo had opened the scoring at the Stadio Rigamonti, but a Ciro Immobile brace turned it around for a Biancocelesti victory in stoppages.

During the first half, play was stopped for a couple of minutes after Balotelli was subjected to insulting chants from the stands.

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Saturday December 28 2019
Lukaku and Pjanic: 'Players fight racism'

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku and Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic believe that footballers have the power to combat racism. "We should all walk off the pitch.”

The pair were in Dubai to speak at the Globe Soccer Awards and discussed numerous topics, including how to tackle racism, which has blighted this Serie A season.

“Players have great power, we have to utilise it to send a positive message. An example is Mario Balotelli in Verona when he put his foot down, and he has all my support," said Lukaku.

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Friday December 20 2019
Verona stadium ban reduced again

Hellas Verona’s partial stadium ban for racist chants against Mario Balotelli has been reduced on appeal again to only a small sector with a suspended sentence.

The incident occurred during Brescia’s 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Bentegodi on November 3.

Balotelli very clearly heard the section that the racist chants were emanating from, as he kicked the ball directly at the group.

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Thursday December 19 2019
Artist sorry for monkey works

Simone Fugazzotto, the artist behind Serie A’s controversial anti-racism initiative, has apologised for the “misunderstandings” his work has caused.

Lega Serie A enlisted the talents of Fugazzotto – known for his use of monkeys in his art – to draw up a campaign that would signify the division’s stance against discrimination.

However, it caused a huge backlash both in Italy and abroad, forcing the League and now the artist to accept the initiative was poorly executed.

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Wednesday December 18 2019
Artist: 'Anti-racism campaign worked'

The Serie A monkey anti-racism art was “too complex” for many, but the artist responsible believes the controversy proves it was successful. “People stopped listening” to anti-racism campaigns.

Following the international outrage over a trio of paintings of monkeys for an initiative combating racism in football, the Lega Serie A apologised “to anyone who was offended by the work.”

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Tuesday December 17 2019
Serie A sorry for monkey works

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Monday December 16 2019
Backlash grows for racism campaign

Romelu Lukaku’s agent said the Lega Serie A’s anti-racism campaign is “embarrassing,” while Roma and Kick It Out suggest it is revisited.

The three paintings by artist Simone Fugazzotto are meant to be part of a wider initiative combating racism in football, but its use of monkeys to stop fans making racist monkey noises at black players has inevitably hit the wrong note.

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