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Italy Bans Germs Fan over ‘Hitlerson 88’ Jersey, Imprisonment Pending

Roman authorities have banned and charged the Lazio fan who wore a pro-Hitler shirt at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

A supporter in the Monte Mario Grandstand attended the Rome derby wearing a shirt with the name ‘Hilterson’ and the number 88 – an abbreviation of ‘Heil Hitler’ in neo-Nazism. 

The fan is set to face charges under the 1993 Mancino law against gestures, actions, and slogans hailing Nazism or Fascism. 

Police swiftly launched an investigation after the match and, thanks to video footage, identified the individual as a man of German nationality who was involved in a pitch invasion during the Rome derby in 2009, according to Italian outlet ANSA.

If found guilty, the supporter could face jail time of up to 18 months and a fine worth 6,000 euros (£5,275).

Lazio narrowly beat bitter rivals Roma 1-0 to climb to second in Serie A behind runaway leaders Napoli, as three red cards were dished out during the explosive grudge match.

A group of Lazio fans aimed antisemitic chants toward the Roma supporters, mocking them for ‘praying in the synagogue.’  Prosecutors are now investigating the chants.

Rome’s Jewish community has since condemned the alleged antisemitic behavior. 

Ruth Dureghello, president of the Jewish community of Rome, wrote on social media: ‘An entire stand chanting antisemitic chants, a “fan” in the stands wearing a Hitlerson jersey and the number 88, and we, as always, the only ones outraged and protesting.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11889691/amp/Lazio-fan-wore-Hitlerson-88-shirt-watching-Rome-derby-BANNED.html