November 3, 2007 / 11:48 PM / in 11 years

Soccer-Mutu suffers racial abuse from Lazio fans

ROME, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu was racially abused by Lazio fans during his side’s 1-0 Serie A victory at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Italian media reported on Saturday.

Fans called Mutu a “gypsy” in derogatory chants referring to the striker’s Romanian origins when he was booked shortly after coming on in the second half, according to the reports.

Lazio fans have got the Rome club into trouble a number of times in recent years because of crowd trouble and incidents involving racist chants and banners.

A Champions League preliminary-round tie with Romanian team Dinamo Bucharest in the Italian capital in August was marred by racist chants and trouble before kick-off.

Italy’s Romanian community has been in the spotlight this week following a fatal attack on a 47-year-old woman in Rome, allegedly by an immigrant from Romania.

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