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Italian soccer club hands lifetime ban to fan who wore Hitler shirt to match

Illustrative: Lazio fans cheer during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Lazio on March 3, 2023, at the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
Illustrative: Lazio fans cheer during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Lazio on March 3, 2023, at the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)

A fan wearing a shirt with a reference to Adolf Hitler is banned for life from attending Lazio matches by the Roman club.

Authorities reviewed security camera footage from inside the Stadio Olimpico after pictures of the fan wearing a Lazio shirt with the name “Hitlerson” and the No. 88 — which is a numerical code for “Heil Hitler” — circulated on social media following Lazio’s 1-0 win over Roma in the city derby on Sunday.

Two other fans of the Roman club were also banned for life for performing Roman salutes, which are associated with fascism.

Lazio says the three fans “have nothing to do” with supporting the club and “have shown forms of discrimination and antisemitism.”

Lazio fans have a long history of discriminatory behavior and the club has been hit with numerous sanctions both in Serie A and Europe.

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