The famous Anne Frank’s diary will be read aloud at all matches in Italy this week as the Italian football federation is trying to find a way to punish the Lazio supporters for their anti-semitic behaviour.
The incident happened on Sunday as the Lazio fans covered the Stadio Olimpico with images of Anne Frank, the young writer who died in the Holocaust, wearing a jersey of AS Roma, their local rival. A part of Lazio ultras is strongly against their AS rivals with being left-winged and Jewish – and as these two teams share the same stadium, it can be considered as some kind of very disrespectful provocation. Italian police have opened a criminal inquiry into the case following the incident.
The Anne Frank diary passage reading will be combined with a minute of silence observed before Serie A, B and C matches in Italy this week, the football federation claimed, according to ESPN.
The chosen passage reads: “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.”
The Italian foreign minister, Angellino Alfano, said about the situation: “Anne Frank doesn’t represent a people or an ethnic group. We are all Anne Frank when faced with the unthinkable. What has happened is inconceivable.”
Sports minister Luca Lotti was very angry about the incident as he claimed: “There are no justifications. These incidents must be met with disapproval, without any ifs, ands or buts. I’m sure that the responsible authorities will shed light on what happened and that those responsible will quickly be identified and punished.”