Roma could face ban for Nazi symbols

Serie A side Roma could face a stadium ban after Nazi and fascist symbols were spotted in the home supporters enclosure in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Livorno.

Flags bearing swastikas and Celtic crosses were seen in the Curva Sud where Roma’s hard core fans congregate.

Rome’s mayor Walter Veltroni said such symbolism did not belong in football.

“I repeat what I’ve always said: politics must stay out of the stadiums, especially this type of defence of Nazism which caused so many deaths and so much horror.”

Veltroni added that such behaviour was “intolerable”, pointing out that Rome had been used as a deportation centre by the Nazis during World War II and that a mass civilian grave had been found there.

Earlier this week Lazio captain Paolo Di Canio was banned for one match and fined €10 000 for making a fascist salute.

The 37-year-old made the gesture during a 2-1 defeat at Livorno on December 11 last year. - Sapa-AFP

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