Serie A: Lazio handed partial stadium closure ban for hurling 'banana' chants towards AC Milan's Tiemoue Bakayoko

Lazio have been handed a one-match stand closure penalty which is suspended for a year due to racist chants by their fans during last week's Italian Cup semi-final against AC Milan, the Lega Serie A announced

Agence France-Presse April 30, 2019 10:16:09 IST
Serie A: Lazio handed partial stadium closure ban for hurling 'banana' chants towards AC Milan's Tiemoue Bakayoko
  • AC Milan players Bakayoko and Kessie were targeted by 'monkey chanting' by a section of Lazio supporters before and after the game in the San Siro

  • Bakayoko was also targeted before the game with Lazio fans heard outside the stadium singing: 'This banana is for Bakayoko'

  • The forced closure of the Curva Nord where Lazio's hardline ultras are located in the Stadio Olimpico was suspended in case of further offences

Milan: Lazio have been handed a one-match stand closure penalty which is suspended for a year due to racist chants by their fans during last week's Italian Cup semi-final against AC Milan, the Lega Serie A announced on Monday.

Serie A Lazio handed partial stadium closure ban for hurling banana chants towards AC Milans Tiemoue Bakayoko

File image of Lazio fans. Reuters

AC Milan players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie were targeted by 'monkey chanting' by a section of Lazio supporters before and after the game in the San Siro.

Bakayoko was also targeted before the game with Lazio fans heard outside the stadium singing: "This banana is for Bakayoko".

The Lega Serie A said in a statement that "90% of the 4,049 occupants, were responsible for repeated racist chants towards Milan players Franck Kessie and, in particular, Tiemoue Bakayoko".

The forced closure of the Curva Nord (north stand) where Lazio's hardline ultras are located in the Stadio Olimpico was suspended in case of further offences and will be open for the Italian Cup final against Atalanta on 15 May.

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