Grim Scenes in Italy as Nazi Flag Inexplicably Spotted Flying High at Serie B Game

Tom Procter
90Min

A Nazi flag was spotted at a Serie B match between Virtus Entella and Ascoli, just one month after Roma star Antonio Rudiger suffered racist abuse from Lazio fans.

As reported by the ​Sun, the worrying image, taken in the small town of Chiaravi, depicts the flag inexplicably draped on the balcony of a flat just behind one of the stands of Virtus' ground.

Italian football has been dogged by racism over the years and the latest image makes for disappointing and worrying reading.

It is not yet known if the Italian authorities will take action against the person that put it there or the football club.

The game finished 2-1 to the hosts, but it was arguably overshadowed by the Nazi flag's presence.

It comes after Roma defender Rudiger was subject to racist abuse from a section of Lazio fans last month, which led midfielder Kevin Strootman to challenge the Italian FA to stand stricter over such incidents.

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The teams were going head to head in the Coppa Italia, and after the game Strootman said: "I heard the abuse and it was really bad. Rudiger has not said anything but the FIGC must do their job and take action. People do this an unfortunately it still happens. I only heard a few chants though."

Disgustingly for Rudiger, it is not the first time he has had to deal with racism this season, after Senad Lulic reportedly said the defender was "selling socks and belts on the streets of Stuttgart" - the Bosnian consequently received a 20-month ban. ​


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