Lazio ultras have sparked fresh outrage after expressing their desire to have their “sacred space” of the first few rows in the north stand be a women-free zone. The club has however spoken out against the statement.
Lazio notorious ultras used an unofficial flyer to warn “women, wives and girlfriends” to stay out of the first ten rows of the Curva Nord before the Serie A season kicked off on Saturday against Napoli.
“The Curva Nord represents for us a sacred space,” said the flyer, which many fans shared on social media.The Curva Nord is the area in the stadium where the Lazio fans gather.
“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.”
The flyer invited those who choose a football game as a substitute for a “romantic walk in Villa Borghese” (one the main parks in the Italian capital) to seat somewhere else in the stadium. The letter was signed by ‘Direttivo Diabolik Pluto’ – one of the leaders of Lazio’s Irriducibili.
The ultras are renowned for their far-right views, racism and violence.
Lazio were fined €50,000 (£44,816) last year after the fans handed out images that showed Holocaust victim Anne Frank wearing a Roma shirt along with anti-semitic messages.
In February 2017, the club were fined after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by fans.
And the ultras were photographed making Nazi salutes while wearing ‘FCK ISIS’ T-shirts in October.
In 1998, the die-hard fans held up a banner that read “Auschwitz is your homeland, the ovens are your homes” to Roma fans.