Lazio often find themselves at the centre of negative press in Italy and the last 12 months has been no different.
As collected by Italian media outlet Laziostory on Facebook yesterday, there have been multiple unfounded news reports over the year that have either cast doubt in the Biancocelesti’s behaviour or suggested there is reason to panic for fans of the Roman club.
One example of this is an article from Il Messaggero in March of 2021, that suggested that Lazio could suffer a 12-point deduction as a result of the inconsistent Covid-19 tests trial. In fact, the club were given a modest fine and president Claudio Lotito received a 12-month ban, which is still under appeal.
A recent example comes from an article published in La Repubblica on 23rd July, which claimed that some Lazio players were anti-vaxxers and had refused the jab. In reality, the entire squad and staff were easily vaccinated, with no issues noted.
Another case comes from around a month ago, again from La Repubblica, which said that the Lazio fans were revolting because of the news that the new home shirt would be ‘green’. The fans were confused upon the initial announcement but then entirely positive once the official reveal came, with no revolt in sight.
Here are some other examples collected by Laziostory:
Other media controversies that Lazio were involved in this season relate to their inconsistent Covid-19 tests case from October and November last year, suggestions that Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will be sold every transfer window and the registration of newly promoted Salernitana.
The Biancocelesti often receive particularly negative press from La Gazzetta dello Sport, which could potentially be a result of president Claudio Lotito’s poor relationship with the newspaper’s editor Urbano Cairo, who also owns Torino.