Lazio’s Curva Nord closed for 2 matches after racist chants

Lazio fans display a banner reading in Italian "Banned fans with us, vile cops" during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Lazio at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Lazio's problem in dealing with racism among its fans resurfaced during the Roman club's 6-1 win over visiting Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday. After derogatory chants were directed at Sassuolo players Claud Adjapong and Alfred Duncan, the stadium announcer warned that the match could be suspended if the chants continued. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)

ROME — A section of Lazio’s stadium will be closed for its next two Serie A home matches as punishment for racist chanting.

Lazio’s problem in dealing with racism among its fans resurfaced on Sunday during a 6-1 win over Sassuolo. Derogatory chants were directed at visiting players Claud Adjapong and Alfred Duncan.

Adjapong was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents and has represented Italy Under-19s. Duncan is from Ghana.

The league’s disciplinary panel closed Lazio’s Curva Nord for the match against Cagliari on Oct. 22.

Lazio will also be without fans in that section when Udinese visits on Nov. 5, as it was also decided to apply a sanction that had been conditionally suspended for racist chanting during the Rome derby on April 30.

Lazio has been fined and subjected to stadium closures for years due to racist incidents.

Last week, Lazio beat Belgian side Zulte Waregem 2-0 in a Europa League match behind closed doors due to punishment from UEFA for racist chants aimed at a Sparta Prague player in the Roman side’s last continental appearance two seasons ago.

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