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Serie A says it 'strongly condemns' racism after Lazio incident

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Serie A says it ‘strongly condemns’ racism and has warned that it will ‘do everything in our power to counter such incidents.’

Lazio beat Milan 1-0 in the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Thursday, but their win was overshadowed by Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie being racially abused before and during the match.

There was also an incident that saw around 50 ultras hold a banner reading ‘Honour to Benito Mussolini’ in the city streets near Piazzale Loreto, where the fascist dictator was killed at the end of World War II.

“Lega Serie A strongly condemns the racist incidents that have occurred in the last few days,” read a statement.

“Sport must celebrate respect, inclusion and being together in harmony, values that are the basis of the social initiatives that have always been promoted by Lega Serie A.

“It’s not acceptable to have to hear verbal aggression and intolerance at our stadiums like in the past, and we will do everything in our power to counter such incidents.

“We also hope for maximum cooperation from law enforcement agencies to identify and punish those responsible.”

La Repubblica, meanwhile, writes prosecutors are investigating nine people, eight of which are Aquile fans.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Juventus striker Moise Kean have also been targeted by racists this season.

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