Lazio fired his pet’s trainer for fascist gestures

Lazio had to fire the coach of the eagle that is a symbol of the club, after the scandal that was generated from a viral video in which a man sang and exchanged fascist gestures with a group of fans. The Union of Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI) expressed its outrage at the greetings and hymns in honor of Benito Mussolini filmed at the Olympic stadium in Rome during a Lazio match. Faced with the protests, the club in the Italian capital announced the suspension of the person involved in the filming, for carrying out “gestures that offend the club, the fans and the values ​​of the community,” according to what he reported in a statement.

The decision was taken after the president of the Jewish Communities of Italy, Noemi Di Segni, demanded a reaction from the club: “Faced with the ostentation of gestures and symbols that evoke fascist ideals, there can be no ambiguity or delay.”

The video, which went viral on social media, shows a man who carries the eagle, the club’s symbol on his arm and appears on the shield, addressing the fans with the fascist salute and shouting “Duce! Duce ! ” “, the nickname that the dictator Benito Mussolini gave himself, the French news agency reported AFP.

According to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the video was filmed on Saturday in the triumph of Lazio over Inter, the last champion and that has the Argentine forwards Lautaro Martínez and Joaquín Correa by 3 to 1, at home, for the eighth date of the Italian first division league.

“The behavior of the coach of the Olimpia eagle, Lazio’s emblem, immortalized in a video that has gone viral, leaves no doubt. The club and the federation must intervene with the utmost urgency and efficiency,” Di Segni asked. “The world of soccer must get rid of the fascists and carriers of hatred, a hatred that spreads from the soccer fields to the public squares,” he concluded.

Given the escalation of protests, the club reported that the contract with the eagle’s trainer who exchanged fascist gestures with the fans, the Spanish Juan Bernabé, was suspended. “Measures have been taken so that the company immediately suspends the interested party and, if possible, the existing contracts are canceled,” the club said in a statement posted on its official website.

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Lazio is known for having a fascist fan base and was sanctioned in the past by UEFA for the behavior of its brave bars. Two and a half years ago, the so-called “celestial” ultras unfolded a flag that read “Honor Benito Mussolini” in Piazzale Loreto, in Milan, the place where the corpse of the dictator Mussolini was hung from the feet along with his lover Clara Petacci .

According to what was published by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Bernabé assured that his gesture was a military salute and denied being a fascist, although he acknowledged being a supporter of Vox, the Spanish far-right party. “I’m sorry about what happened,” explained the eagle trainer. “I am a right-wing person, absolutely, from Vox, but I do not have fascist ideals. In Spain, the fascist salute is made with the arm in a straight line,” he defended.


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