"We do not allow women, wives and girlfriends, so we invite them to position themselves from the 10th row back", Lazio ultras
The Irriducibili of the Società Sportiva Lazio, name given to the radical and extreme right fans of the Italian team, are once again in the eye of the hurricane of world soccer after a shameful show, when they lost against Roma. According to The Independent, while the match against Roma was being played, fans of this team displayed many pamphlets in the Olympic stadium, noting the following:
"The Curva Nord represents for us a sacred space, an environment with an unwritten code to be respected. The first few rows, as always, have been experienced like the trenches. In the trenches, we do not allow women, wives and girlfriends, so we invite them to position themselves from the 10th row back," announced a spokesman of the ultras to the same media.
This message was not a joke at all. According to Deutsche Welle, the pamphlets were accompanied by Diabolik Pluto himself, one of the leaders of the ultras. The German media also commented that the global reaction of repudiation was immediate. In less than a day this act of sexism was in the main world newspapers.
This is not the first time that the famous ultras have unleashed worldwide controversy for their sexist, racist, fascist and hateful acts. However, it seems that the same SS Lazio ultras have forgotten that they have a women's soccer team playing in the Italian third division, women who represent the entire gender in the city of Rome.
The painful dossier of the Irriducibili
According to El País of Spain, the offenses of these Italian fans have become a custom. In 2012, the French soccer player Djibril Cissé decided to leave the Roman team to play with the Queens Park Rangers of England. "Black bastard, Lazio fans hate you" and "You're a huge monkey" were the comments the athlete received on his Twitter account after his transfer, according to the same media.
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However, insults are not only for people of color. When the German soccer player Miroslav Klose played in the SS Lazio, for example, some fans took out banners that read "Klose mit uns". This refers to the Prussian motto "Gott Mins Uns", which means God with us, and the fundamental reason for this attack, according to El País, was his Polish ancestry. We must remember that Poland belonged before to Germany.
In 1998, when Rome won the Italian scudetto, in the last game played between Lazio and Roma, one could read banners that exclaimed: "Auschwitz is your homeland, the ovens your houses" or "Team of blacks, stands of Hebrews," according to the same media.
When it comes to insults, the Irriducibili do not fall short of imagination. According to PlayGround, the Lazio ultras decided to wave drawings of Anne Frank, one of the symbols of the Nazi resistance, wearing the Roma shirt. However, this was a total lack of respect for world public opinion.
In addition, the first black soccer player who played with the Italian club was also Jewish. His name is Aron Winter, Dutch soccer player, and as usual the insulting chants during the matches were constant. Now the ultras have decided to go against the same fans of the SS Lazio, which demonstrate that sexism, xenophobia and racism are the daily bread of this group.
LatinAmerican Post | Miguel Díaz
Translated from "¡Indignante! Ultras del Lazio prohibieron a las mujeres sentarse en las primeras filas"