dongs over baghdad wrote:Lazio both fascinates and horrifies me.
to be fair, there are plenty of other Italian teams with notoriously right-wing/authoritarian fans, e.g. Verona, Padova, Inter, and Fiorentina (who also used to be left-wing and shifted), and pretty much no fanbase is free of a dedicated minority of racists and other scum, whether or not they are 'organized' as named ultra groups.
fury wrote:what is it with italians and racism now i dont want to support roma
well, it's not even really 'Italians' so much as it is 'Europeans' (racism was endemic in English stands before hooliganism was for the most part forcibly stamped out and the game prettified with television money and soaring ticket prices; there are plenty of racist fans and regular incidents in Spain, Holland, etc.; don't get me started on the ultra madness that goes on in some Eastern European leagues), though Italy does have a particularly obvious and on-off love affair with authoritarian, nationalist politics.
I mean, it extends far beyond football. most European nations are overwhelmingly white and don't have the legacy and associated national traumas of race that America has had. in many ways, racism, both implicit and explicit, is more 'acceptable' over here; the idea that "there are no black Italians" isn't a particularly controversial one in many corners of the peninsula, and they wouldn't even necessarily view this as 'racism', just a kind of nationalism.