European football’s administrative body UEFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Italian club Lazio for its fans’ alleged racist behavior toward supporters of British Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
At last November’s Europa League match between the two teams, Lazio fans reportedly taunted their Tottenham counterparts by chanting abuse such as ‘Juden Tottenham’ whilst holding up signs reading ‘Free Palestine.’
Lazio fans are notorious for their right-wing sympathies with former player and much-loved icon Paulo Di Canio infamously giving the crowd a straight-armed fascist salute on two separate occasions.
The anti-Semitic football chants came only hours after several Tottenham fans were attacked in a bar in Rome. On supporter, Ashley Mills, was stabbed in the thigh and suffered a left a gash on his head.
London’s Jewish community has recently condemned the ‘Yid Army’ moniker which was first adopted by Tottenham fans themselves in the 1950s.