Lazio call on fans to improve behaviour against Celtic
Lazio have called upon some of their fans to improve their behaviour in the upcoming Europa League clashes against Celtic.
The Italian club, who will have part of their stadium closed off for the second match in a row when Celtic visit next month, say that some supporters risk the club progressing in the competition.
Club spokesperson Arturo Diaconale said: “Unfortunately, the behaviour of very few fans – we believe it was around 20 – risks our progress in the Europa League. Because of this, we are forced to play Celtic in our own stadium without the support of the Curva Nord.
“Furthermore, if this behaviour continues at our future matches in Europe, we are at serious risk of the entire stadium being closed. We only escaped a full ban this time because our president’s insistence on zero tolerance in the future.
“I appeal for it not to happen again in our future games because it damages Lazio.” (Daily Record)
All eyes will be on the Lazio fans against Celtic
It is encouraging to see the Rome club sending out a firm message to their supporters. Lazio clearly have a problem with a section of their support and it is starting to harm them in European competition.
If there are any more cases of racism at next month’s clash against Celtic then there’s a good chance that the Stadio Olimpico will be fully closed for the matchday five game against Cluj.
It will be interesting to see how much the atmosphere in the stadium is changed by the loss of the ultras section. The Celtic players will hope that it makes the arena less intimidating for them to play in. We already know that the stadium will be very sparse, with around 15,000 home fans expected in the 70,000 seater.
The fact Celtic will be backed by around 10,000 fans makes things even more interesting. It will almost be like a game on neutral territory.