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Last night's Rome derby overshadowed by Lazio fans' horrendous racist abuse of Antonio Rüdiger

It’s the second time this season the club have been embroiled in a racism controversy.

Image: Gregorio Borgia

LAZIO GOT THE better of bitter local rivals Roma for the first time in a long time last night but the 2-0 Coppa Italia semi-final first leg result has been completely overshadowed by the behaviour of some of their supporters.

Throughout the first-half, Roma’s  Antonio Rüdiger was racially abused by Lazio fans to such an extent that the stadium announcer was forced to intervene. He warned the abusers that the would be halted if the abuse continued and, thankfully, the threat had the desired effect.

This is the second time this season that Lazio have been embroiled in a racism controversy.

Back in December, Senad Lulic received a 20-day ban and was fined €10,000 for telling reporters that Rüdiger – who is a German international and who signed from Stuttgart in 2015 –  was ‘selling socks and belts two years ago, now he acts like he’s a phenomenon”.

Incredibly, following the racist abuse last night, Lazio have managed to escape sanctions.

A Disciplinary Commission found it was “impossible to ascertain the number or percentage of the fans who joined in the chant.”

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