Lazio fans have been banned from travelling to Marseille for this week’s UEFA Europa League match.
As reported by Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday, the decision to ban the Biancocelesti fans from the Europa League clash against Olympique Marseille was taken by the French Ministry of the Interior with an order signed by minister Gerald Darmanin.
Not only is the away section of the Velodrome closed for Lazio fans, but they will not even be able to travel to French territory.
From Wednesday 3rd November to Thursday 4th November, entry to France from road, rail, port and airport border crossings is also forbidden.
Marseille fans were banned from attending the first match in the Stadio Olimpico last month and now the opposite measure has been applied.
Below is the statement announcing the decision:
Lazio fans are forbidden to go to Marseille, both individually and in groups, and by any means.
This is due to the recurring violent behaviour of certain fans near the stadium and in the centres of the cities hosting the matches, as well as the repeated singing of fascist songs and the exhibition of Roman salutes.
On the last occasion in which Marseille hosted Lazio, on 25 October 2018, four people were stabbed the night before the match, in clashes that involved almost 200 people.
Lazio fans have been in the spotlight a little this season and Olympique Marseille have suggested that some of their players were subjected to racist abuse during the clash at the Stadio Olimpico last month.