Lazio will be shutting down a part of the Stadio Olimpico for the next two Italian Serie A matches at this ground after the home fans were found guilty of abusing the Sassuolo players. The Curva Nord part of the stadium will be closed due to a lot of racist chanting in the recent game against Sassuolo. A report by the Serie A disciplinary committee claimed that as many as 2000 supporters – out of the 5500 odd fans in the section – were found guilty of using racist chants aimed at Alfred Duncan and Claud Adjapong.
The match referee and other spectators noticed the chants.
As a result, the Stadio Olimpico will not be witnessing 100% capacity for the upcoming games against Cagliari and Udinese. Lazio would have received just a single match ban, but the same offence earlier in the 2017 calendar year against Roma appears to have caused the suspension to be increased. Lazio continued the impressive start to the season with a 6-1 win over Sassuolo. It helped the club close the gap on the leaders by five more points.
The form of the club has been largely been on the goals from Ciro Immobile. The striker, who was signed from Sevilla for £8.3 million, managed to enhance his goal scoring record at the start of the campaign with more goals against Sassuolo. He has now taken his tally to nine goals in the first few matches of the season, but he continues to trail Paulo Dybala of Juventus – who has 10 for the season so far.