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Jewish group wants Lazio expelled from European football


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Rome, November 23 - The World Jewish Congress on
Friday called for Italian team Lazio to be expelled from
European football if anti-Semitic and racist incidents during
their football matches continue.
The call came after Lazio hard-core supporters directed an
anti-Semitic chant at Tottenham Hotspur supporters and displayed
a pro-Palestinian banner during a Europa League match between
the Roman and London clubs at Rome's Olympic Stadium on
The night before the match a group of masked youths
attacked a group of Spurs fans while they were drinking in a
central Rome pub, causing serious injury to one.
Anti-Semitism is thought to be a possible motive for that
attack. Tottenham Hotspur traditionally has a strong following
from north London's Jewish community.
Lazio supporters were initially thought to be to blame
although two people arrested in connection with the attack are
fans of rival Roman team AS Roma.
''It seems that all those expensive campaigns against
racism that were run in recent years by UEFA, FIFA and others
have not made a lasting impression, at least not on serial
offenders such as certain supporters of Lazio,'' said Ronald S.
Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress.
''The only way to overcome this ugly phenomenon is to
threaten tough consequences for clubs who don't take their
obligation seriously to keep hatemongers and racist thugs out of
stadiums,'' he continued.
''This problem of racist Lazio supporters is not new, and
it ought to be taken more seriously by all people concerned.
Imposing fines on the clubs whose fans misbehave in such a way
is obviously completely ineffective".

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