The ugliness in Rome

As if last night’s attack wasn’t bad enough, with a hundred ultras, a suspected mix of Lazio and Roma supporters, storming a bar full of Spurs fans with bats and knives and leaving one fan “fighting for his life”, it gets worse.

After a very cordial welcome back from Lazio supporters to former player Paul Gascoigne, within the first ten minutes there were audible chants of “Juden Tottenham, Tottenham Juden”, along with the unfurling of a banner that read “Free Palestine.”

This news comes on the same day Lazio’s owner Claudio Lotito said, without a shred of evidence, “The Lazio fans have nothing to do with what happened at Camp de Fiori.”

Meaning, yet again, we await word to see what kind of action UEFA will take on this.

Yes, chances are the behaviour is the result of a fan “minority,” but ultras are of themselves a minority. That fact is hardly pertinent to the need for the club to take a strong stance against its extreme, violent element. Nor is citing the rote “English hypocrisy” a justification for outright antisemitism (no matter your view on the use of Jewish identity within Spurs supporters culture) and attempted murder.