Three fans have been stabbed in a violent incident during Salernitana’s trip to Lazio in the Serie A, according to reports.
The home side recorded a dominant 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Ciro Immobile, Pedro and Luis Alberto, with Immobile receiving an award for becoming Lazio’s all-time highest scorer on 160 goals before the game.
But the match was marred by the events which unfolded, with reports from Italy suggesting tensions had been building throughout the day ahead of the clash at Lazio’s Stadio Olimpico.
Local media in Italy claim a group of away supporters were surrounded by their Lazio rivals on Sunday morning.
Two Salernitana fans were allegedly stabbed while eight others avoided serious injury by escaping the scuffles which took place.
Another fan was later said to have been stabbed closer to the Stadio Olimpico in another dark day in the Roman club’s history.
It is understood that a convoy of 30 buses carrying the Salerno club’s ultras was held up on the way to the capital, meaning many of the southern Italians only arrived after-kick off in the evening fixture.
The incidents come following a banner displayed by Lazio fans in the stadium prior to the game which read: “No to racism. No to violence. No to politics in stadiums. Forza Lazio forever.”
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Reports of violence also occurred despite the two clubs sharing an interesting history off the pitch.
Businessman Claudio Lotito owns both clubs but was forced to put Salernitana in a blind trust in the summer due to Italian football rules forbidding anyone from owning two sides in the same division.
Lazio climbed to fifth in the table following the win, leaving them one point behind fourth-placed Atalanta in the Champions League spot.
Meanwhile, Salernitana remained in the relegation zone in 19th place.
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