Lazio have condemned the racist abuse directed at AC Milan’s Tiemoue Bakayoko around the Coppa Italia semi-final.
According to reports in Italian media, insults by Lazio fans were made about Bakayoko, on loan from Chelsea, outside San Siro and during the warm-up on Wednesday night.
Fellow Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is also understood to have been subjected to racism, while inflatable bananas were visible in the away section.
Earlier in the day, a group of Lazio fans unfurled a banner reading “Honour to Benito Mussolini” in the city centre at the scene of where the fascist dictator was killed at the end of World War II.
“Lazio takes clear distances from behaviour and events that do not reflect in any way the sporting values sustained and promoted by the club for 119 years,” the Serie A club said in a statement.
“And it rejects and disputes the simplistic tendency of some media to consider the entire Lazio support jointly responsible for acts carried out by a few and isolated elements, for reasons foreign to any form of sporting passion.”
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The authorities identified and stopped 22 people responsible for that Mussolini banner, 19 of them Lazio supporters and three Inter fans.
A solitary strike from Joaquin Correa was enough for Lazio to secure a 1-0 victory to book a place in the final.