Fans for two Italian soccer teams investigated over antisemitic chants

Authorities probe behavior of Juventus and Inter Milan supporters heard singing that their rivals are Jews, apparently using the word as a slur

Inter Milan fans light flares as they cheer during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cremonese at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, August 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Inter Milan fans light flares as they cheer during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Cremonese at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, August 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Alleged antisemitic chants by fans of the Juventus and Inter Milan soccer clubs are being investigated by Italian soccer authorities.

The chants, which allegedly included references to Jews, occurred on Saturday during Juventus’ 1-1 draw at Fiorentina and Inter’s 3-2 loss to AC Milan in the Milan derby.

According to video circulating on social media, some Inter fans chanted: “The Italian Champions [Milan] are Jewish.”

Juventus fans reportedly were heard shouting that their rivals were “not Italian, but a bunch of Jews,” a chant for which they have been punished in the past.

“We have been Brothers of the World since 1908,” Inter tweeted late Monday.

“It is a commitment we have always made. It is in our history, it is who we are. Brothers Universally United #NoToDiscrimination.”

The federation also announced it’s investigating Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri for insulting the referee and the entire referees’ corps during a 2-1 home loss to Napoli.

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