During the away defeat in Lecce, Lazio Roma fans once again caused a racism scandal in the Italian Serie A.
On Wednesday, during Lazio’s 2-1 away defeat at US Lecce, French former World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti and teammate Lameck Banda were racially insulted on the hosts’ side. Referee Livio Marinelli even stopped the game intermittently in the second half. After the match, Umtiti left the pitch in tears.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino condemned the incidents on his Instagram account: “Let’s shout it loud and clear: No to racism. May the vast majority of fans, who are good people, stand up and silence all racists once and for all,” wrote the Swiss.
Lecce fans react “civilised and intelligent”
Lazio supporters had already repeatedly caused scandals in the past. In September 2021, chants directed at Milan’s Tiémoué Bakayoko and Franck Kessie erupted during the match between the capitals and AC Milan.
“It was nice to see our fans chanting Umtiti’s name and drowning out those horrible screams. It was a civilised and intelligent response,” Lecce president Saverio Sticchi Damiani praised his supporters. Umtiti had moved to Lecce on loan from FC Barcelona in the summer.