“Violent, fascist chants and Roman greetings”: France forbids the transfer of Marseille to Lazio fans

Lazio fans were banned from traveling to Marseille for Thursday’s Europa League match “due to the recurring violent behavior of certain fans”, as well as “the repeated intonation of fascist songs and the display of Roman greetings”.

This is the motivation contained in an ordinance of the French Ministry of the Interior that prohibits “Lazio fans or those who present themselves as such” not only access to the Velodrome stadium in Marseille and circulation or parking in the central arrondissments of the city, as had been indicated in recent days, but even “entry into France from road, rail, port and airport border posts” from Wednesday 3 to Thursday 4 November.

The order, signed by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, also recalled the recent clashes in Marseille between OM and Galatasaray fans in which 32 policemen were injured.

“Individual or group travel, by any means, to motorway crossings, French ports and airports, are forbidden for Lazio fans or anyone who behaves as such”, reads the provision justifying the choice: “The violent behavior of some Lazio fans recurrently around the stadiums and in the city centers of the meeting places as well as the repeated interpretation of fascist songs and greetings “.

It was also arranged for Thursday’s match the closure of the guest sector of the Velodrome. Already for the first leg at the Olimpico it was forbidden to travel to Marseille fans, in light of the clashes between the two fans on the occasion of the last match dating back to 25 October 2018, when in the Provencal city there was a fight between 200 fans, including four who sustained stab wounds (The video of the clashes in 2018).

A measure, the French one, which risks becoming a diplomatic case. The group leader of the Brothers of Italy in the Chamber, Francesco Lollobrigida thundered: “It is unacceptable as formulated the order of the French Ministry of the Interior which prohibits Lazio fans and those who present themselves as such, not just access to the stadium. Velodrome of Marseille, but also entry into France from road, rail, port and airport border posts. A treatment to be reserved for terrorists, which clashes with a football match and damages the image of the capital of Italy and its citizens. We ask the mayor Gualtieri to intervene to condemn this decision and defend the honor of the city and the Romans “.

“The decision of the French Minister of the Interior to prohibit access to France for Lazio fans risks creating a vulnerability in relations between European nations. – adds the national manager of Fratelli d’Italia, Federico Rocca – Suspend the Schenghen space for a football match, in fact, it would be a forcing of the rules and would create a dangerous precedent given that until now this had only happened due to the danger of terrorist acts or linked to the health emergency. We therefore ask the Minister of the Interior Lamorgese and the Mayor of Rome, Gualtieri, to take action as soon as possible with the French authorities to find a solution that avoids a great lack of respect not only towards the fans of Lazio, but against all Italian citizens “.

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“Violent, fascist chants and Roman greetings”: France forbids the transfer of Marseille to Lazio fans

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