Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Lazio face Euro ban

Lazio may face disciplinary action when UEFA investigate crowd trouble during the Biancocelesti’s Champions League draw with Dinamo Bucharest on Tuesday night.

The tense 1-1 draw was overshadowed by reports of racist chants from some sections of the home support and clashes between fans which led to five Romanians being injured.

"We are waiting for referee and observer reports before we decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings," a UEFA spokesman stated.

"Violence outside the ground unfortunately is a matter for police in Italy, but we had concerns about racism before the game and we take a no tolerance approach to that."

The capital club have every right to be apprehensive given that earlier this month UEFA revealed that racism or violence could result in a club’s suspension from European competition.

Hopes for leniency are hindered by the fact that Lazio supporters groups have a poor repuatation after the Aquile were forced to play behind closed doors during the 2004 UEFA Cup.

"There is no doubt that there is a violent history surrounding Lazio fans and we always seem to have problems," the spokesman concluded ominously.

The return leg against Dinamo Bucharest is scheduled for August 28 at the Red Dogs’ Dinamo Stadium and promises to be a tense affair.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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