In an official statement published by S.S. Lazio on May 25, 2020, the club announced that President Claudio Lotito is set to take legal action against Sports Journalist Sebastiano Vernazza of Milan based newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
This is the result of the article published by Vernazza on May 25, 2020, titled ‘L’allusione su Juve-Inter è solo l’ultima di Lotito, il presidente controverso della Lazio’ – which translates to ‘The Allusion of Juventus-Inter is only the latest of Claudio Lotito, the controversial President of Lazio’ in English – aimed at defaming and discrediting Lotito.
Freedom of information does not allow for the violation of a person’s right to his or her reputation. Therefore, since Vernazza used this article to ridicule Lotito, he must face consequences; Lotito has given a mandate to his lawyers to react in all courts (civil and criminal) to obtain the protection that the Constitution ensures to every person.
This article is based upon Claudio Lotito’s words in an interview with La Repubblica back on April 26, 2020, where he said:
“Today, I am just one point off of Juventus, and it’s only because of Juventus-Inter, which, come on, everyone saw…”.