A man holding a live eagle and wearing Lazio's blue and white team colors raising his arm in the fascist salute

Jewish group in Italy denounces fascist salutes at Lazio Stadium

Video circulating social media shows a man holding the Lazio football team's mascot as he raises his arm in the fascist salute to the team's supporters who return a salute in kind; Team previosuly sanctioned for far-right connections

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Published: 10.20.21, 17:04

An Italian Jewish group called on Rome's Lazio football team Wednesday to denounce fascist salutes appearing in a video taken at the team's stadium.
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  • A video circulating on social networks shows a man holding a live eagle - Lazio's mascot- and wearing the blue and white colors of Lazio as he stands in front of the team's supporters at the stadium, raising his arm in the fascist salute.
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     man holding a live eagle - Lazio's mascot- and wearing the blue and white colors of Lazio as he stands in front of the team's supporters at the stadium, raising his arm in the fascist salute
     man holding a live eagle - Lazio's mascot- and wearing the blue and white colors of Lazio as he stands in front of the team's supporters at the stadium, raising his arm in the fascist salute
    A man holding a live eagle and wearing Lazio's blue and white team colors raising his arm in the fascist salute
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    The video shows supporters returning the salute, while shouting "Duce, Duce," as Italy's former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was called.
    The Union of Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI) said that Lazio and the Italian Football federation should "intervene with the utmost urgency and effectiveness."
    "Faced with the ostentation of gestures and symbols that evoke fascist ideals, there can be no ambiguity and hesitation," stated Noemi Di Segni, the UCEI's president.
    "The world of soccer must free itself from fascists and carriers of hatred, a hatred that from the soccer fields spreads to the squares," she wrote.
    The incident took place Saturday following Lazio's 3-1 victory against Inter-Milan, La Gazzetta dello Sport said.
    On its website, Lazio said the man in the video - whose job it was to act as the eagle's perch - was employed by an outside company.
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    Lazio's Italian forward
    Lazio's Italian forward
    Lazio and Inter match at the Olympic stadium in Rome, October 16, 2021
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    "Measures were taken against the company, aimed at the immediate suspension from work of the person concerned and the possible termination of existing contracts," the club wrote Wednesday.
    The Rome club has a history of association with the far-right and Lazio has been sanctioned in the past by the Federation.
    In 2020, the club ordered 16 fans caught making fascist salutes at a Europa League home game to contribute to paying a 20,000 euro fine imposed by the Union of European Football Associations.


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