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Serie A: fans protest against Holocaust tributes

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Fans of Serie A protested across Italy as they showed their dissatisfaction against tributes towards the Holocaust.

There had been disrepute in the Italian top flight after Lazio supporters were said to have defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Anne Frank wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma.

Frank was the teenager emblematic of Jewish victims during Holocaust, who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) responded towards the incident by announcing plans to observe a minute’s silence and read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before Serie A fixtures mid-week, with Lazio players also training in jerseys with an image of Frank and the words “No to anti-Semitism”.

“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,” the passage read. “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.”

However, fans across the nation responded severely against the steps taken by FIGC, with the minute of silence observation being turned into applause.

Some supporters brought it further; Juventus fans were seen turning their backs and singing the Italian national anthem while fans at the Roma-Crotone match drowned out the reading with Curva Sud team chants.

Serie A: passages in diary of Anne Frank to be read before games

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The Italian football federation (FIGC) has announced plans to read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before Serie A matches this week following reports of antisemitism behaviour by Lazio fans.

The FIGC has ordered a minute of silence to be observed before Serie A, B and C matches this week, plus amateur and youth games over the weekend, with a passage from Frank’s diary entry on 15 July, 1944 being read out over loudspeakers.

Lazio supporters were said to have defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome during Sunday’s Serie A encounter against Cagliari with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Frank, the teenager who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma.

Their actions have been widely condemned since then, with Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito paying a visit to Rome’s main synagogue on Tuesday to lay a wreath to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Lotito also promised a new education campaign culminating in an annual trip to Auschwitz with 200 young fans at a club who has a history of antisemitic behaviour, including a Lazio banner in the city derby nearly 20 years ago aimed at Roma supporters that read: “Auschwitz Is Your Homeland; The Ovens Are Your Homes.”

Additionally, an image of Frank will be put on Lazio’s shirts for Wednesday’s game at Bologna, the club said, to demonstrate their fight against “all forms of racism and antisemitism”.

“The president of SS Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has decided that tomorrow the team will be coming to the stadium at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna with an image of Anne Frank on the Biancoceleste shirt, demonstrating the club’s commitment to fighting all forms of racism and anti-Semitism,” a statement on Lazio’s official website read.


Internazionale ends perfect Napoli start with goalless draw

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Internazionale ended Napoli’s perfect start to Serie A after holding them to a thrilling 0-0 draw on the road, themselves being the only other unbeaten side in the Italian top flight.

Napoli, who dropped points for the first time this campaign, were the better side but could not find a way past Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who was kept busier than his Napoli counterpart Pepe Reina.

It was also the first time that Napoli failed to win a Serie A fixture since April but they remain top, two points above Inter and three above Juventus and Lazio.

Inter had plenty confidence after Mauro Icardi’s hat trick helped them win last week’s derby against city rivals Milan, but they hadn’t won in Naples in 20 years.

Starting on the front foot, Napoli almost went in front but Handanovic pulled off a stunning double save to deny José Callejón and then keep out Dries Mertens’ rebound from point-blank range.

Handanovic then added to his saves by palming away Lorenzo Insigne’s close-range header and a powerful drive from substitute Piotr Zielinski.

Later, the Milan club got their first chance went close shortly before half-time but Reina did well to fingertip Borja Valero’s close-range attempt over the bar. Mertens should have won the match for Napoli in the final minute but Handanovic was again on hand to keep out his close-range volley.

Meanwhile, Juventus maintained their distance against the leaders although being reduced to ten-men early on.

Mario Mandzukic was sent off early on as he was shown an instant second yellow card for appealing against a first booking, after Stipe Perica gave Udinese a shock lead.

However, Samir’s own goal levelled for Juve, and Sami Khedira headed Juve ahead even before Mandzukic’s dismissal.

Although Danilo levelled for Udinese two minutes after half-time, Daniele Rugani put Juve ahead again and Khedira scored twice to complete a hat-trick before Miralem Pjanic’s last-minute strike.

Mauro Icardi scores last-minute penalty to win Milan derby for Inter

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Internazionale skipper Mauro Icardi scored a last-minute penalty to complete his hat-trick and snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan, thus condemning Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Icardi brought his team ahead in the 28th minute when Antonio Candreva, who had already hit the crossbar, delivered an inviting low cross from the right and Icardi got between Milan’s two central defenders to steer the ball into the net.

Suso equalised for Milan in the 56th minute by curling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 20 metres, but the derby were level for only seven minutes until Icardi robbed Lucas Biglia of the ball in midfield and fed Ivan Perisic, who got to the byline and pulled it back to the middle where the Inter captain managed to guide it into the net.

Still, Milan was able to level again for the second time with nine minutes left, after Samir Handanovic parried Giacomo Bonaventura’s shot onto a post and the ball rebounded back onto the Slovenian goalkeeper and into the net.

As Milan looked just inches away from securing an hard-earned point in the midst of a slump, things took a sharp twist against their plan as their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

Inter’s win kept them second and unbeaten in Serie A with 22 points from eight games and just two behind the table leaders, Napoli, who have a 100% record following their 1-0 win at Roma on Saturday.

While Inter looks to usurp the position of Serie A leaders Napoli as they visit the Stadio San Paolo next Saturday, AC Milan have lost their past three league games to fall 12 points behind their city rivals.

It was a terrible turn of fortunes for the Rossoneri after they had embarked on an ambitious £200m spending spree in the summer.

With the £35.1m Leonardo Bonucci and £33.6m Andre Silva among the arrivals, the club were expected to be challenging near the top of the table but now it looks as if Vincenzo Montella would be the latest managerial casualty instead.