Alen Boksic Shocked By Behavior of Fascists

Alen Boksic Shocked By Behavior of Fascists

Post by Barry Marjanovic » Thu, 03 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Wednesday, February 2, 2000
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SOCCER

Boksic in fury over 'Arkan' banners

REUTERS in Rome
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Lazio star Alen Boksic has admitted he was shocked by a banner paying
tribute to assassinated Serb warlord Arkan that was held aloft by fans
during the Serie A game against Bari.

"I'm feeling bad, really bad," said the Croat striker. "I am angry and
disillusioned, especially since it was written by my fans."

Lazio supporters unfurled a banner declaring "Honour to the tiger Arkan"
during Lazio's 3-1 victory in Rome's Olympic stadium. Fans also displayed a
portrait of Italy's wartime dictator Benito Mussolini.

Boksic didn't play in the match because of injury problems, but he revealed
that he would have walked off the pitch if he had started.

"I would have taken my shirt off and left the Olympic stadium," he added.

Arkan was also known as Zeljko Raznatovic, the former Serbian paramilitary
leader, indicted for war crimes committed during the wars in Bosnia and
Croatia in the 1990s. He was shot dead in Belgrade earlier this month.

Celtic crosses and swastikas have been regularly displayed at Lazio matches
in recent months. And Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli, a former Green now a
member of the centre-left Democrats party, said the behaviour of the fans
had now become an issue for the police.

But Alessandra Mussolini, a member of parliament and the dictator's
granddaughter, said she stood right behind the Lazio fans.

"I'm a Lazio fan too," she said. "Did they want to compare Arkan with my
grandfather? I don't think so. Anyway, it doesn't bother me. On the
contrary, I'm very pleased," Mussolini said.

Inciting racism and displays of support for fascism are outlawed in Italy.

Last Friday, Roma President Franco Sensi called for games at the Olympic
stadium to be halted whenever fascist symbols were displayed. But Mayor
Rutelli said such a move would play into the hands of the extremists.

"The interventions need to be before [the game], suspending the match would
draw attention to the issue and that is exactly what they want," Rutelli
said.

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Alen Boksic Shocked By Behavior of Fascists

Post by lsd » Fri, 04 Feb 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> Cragnotti and his family boycotted some matches at Rome's Stadio Olimpico
> this season in protest at the behavior of the hard-line "ultras'' fans.

ROTFL

I see that you live far away from Italy.
Cragnotti and all other football team owners, are so willing to boycott
"ultras" that pay for their tickets.
This is the tipical football hypocrisy.

lsd

 
 
 

Alen Boksic Shocked By Behavior of Fascists

Post by Barry Marjanovic » Sat, 05 Feb 2000 04:00:00

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> > http://www.vukovar.com

ROME (February 3, 2000 12:09 p.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) - Italian
teams may be forced to forfeit games if their fans sport banners with
racist slogans, Italy's soccer federation decided Thursday.

Federation president Luciano Nizzola said rules were adopted allowing
referees to interrupt play for long as it takes for banners to be removed.

If the delay exceeds 45 minutes, the referee can call off the game. The
league could then deem the match a 2-0 loss by the club whose fans had
unfurled the sign.

Some prominent coaches and players said they are opposed to the measure,
which goes into effect this weekend.

Interior Minister Enzo Bianco and Sports Minister Giovanna Melandri said
Tuesday that games should be halted while racist banners are removed from
stands, and announced plans to increase stadium security.

The presence of right-wing extremism in Italian stadiums became an issue
last year when two bombs planted in downtown Rome were attributed to
anti-Semitic soccer fans.

At stadiums in recent weeks, police have removed signs with swastikas and
references to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

"It seems to me it's a bit much to interrupt the games," AS Roma captain
Francesco Totti said. "Disqualifying a team's stadium would be the ideal
way to combat this evil trend."

Totti's coach at AS Roma, Fabio Capello, has said people could influence
outcomes of games by unfurling banned banners if their team is losing.

 
 
 

Alen Boksic Shocked By Behavior of Fascists

Post by Ryan Mathew » Sat, 05 Feb 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> > > http://www.vukovar.com

> ROME (February 3, 2000 12:09 p.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) -
Italian
> teams may be forced to forfeit games if their fans sport banners with
> racist slogans, Italy's soccer federation decided Thursday.

> Federation president Luciano Nizzola said rules were adopted allowing
> referees to interrupt play for long as it takes for banners to be
removed.

> If the delay exceeds 45 minutes, the referee can call off the game. The
> league could then deem the match a 2-0 loss by the club whose fans had
> unfurled the sign.

Um, silly question:

Doesn't this give evil fans a way to achieve a "victory" for their side by
pretending to support the other side and unfurling just such an offensive
banner?
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                        ---------- Ryan Mathews