Watch: Italian soccer players stand up to anti-Semitism

After the storm caused by the S.S. Lazio’s fans who distributed stickers of Anne Frank wearing the uniform of the club’s rival team Roma, Lazio’s spokesperson clarified his team’s position regarding the incident: “We want to promise the Israeli public- Lazio is not a racist team.” Meanwhile, passages from The Diary of Anne Frank were read aloud before today’s soccer matches in Italy.
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The Italian Football Federation is trying to deal with the appalling move by the fans of the Italy’s S.S. Lazio soccer club who distributed hundreds of stickers of Anne Frank wearing the uniform of Lazio’s rival team Roma. Arturo Diaconale, the spokesperson for the club, clarified during an interview with Channel 2 News’ Oded Ben-Ami S.S. Lazio’s position regarding the issue. “We want to promise the Israeli public- Lazio is not a racist team.”

“The president of the club would like to clarify again that the club wants to maintain its ties to the Israelis,” he stressed. “In fact, Lazio fans have always maintained good relations with the Jewish community of Rome and the Israeli public.”

The appalling sticker hoto Credit: Italian television/Channel 2 News

Before all of today’s soccer games in Italy, the following passage from Frank’s diary was read: “I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”

The players handed out copies of Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s book If This Is A Man, signed by them. The league’s management decided that in light of the disturbing incident, every soccer game in Italy this week will begin with a moment of silence in order to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, followed by the reading of passages from Frank’s diary. Meanwhile, S.S. Lazio President Claudio Lotito announced that he will organize a trip to Auschwitz for 200 young Lazio fans in order to educate them about the horrors of the Holocaust.



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