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The Identity Of The Man Behind ‘Hitlerson 88’ In The Rome Derby Finally Revealed

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Abhinab Ghosh
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The identity of the man behind ‘Hitlerson 88’ in the Rome derby has been finally identified. The man in question is believed to be of German nationality (via

The authorities have wasted no time and with the help of images from the security cameras near the entrance of the stadium, they have successfully identified the culprit. They have also looked at video surveillance footage to determine the identity of the fan, who decided to attend the Rome derby between Lazio and Roma at the Stadio Olimpico with a Lazio shirt and the writing, ‘Hitlerson 88’ which refers to Adolf Hitler and is a numerical code for ‘Heil Hitler’.

The image has come out in various social media platforms after Lazio’s narrow 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s Roma last Sunday. The Lazio supporter has now been banned for life along with two other fans of the Roman club.

ROME, ITALY – MARCH 19: Pedro Rodriguez of SS Lazio celebrates a victory after the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on March 19, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio’s Response To This Incident

Following the incident, Lazio have stated that the three fans in question “have nothing to do” with supporting the Serie A club and “have shown forms of discrimination and antisemitism”.

The Italian league are still investigating the behavior of the home team’s fans during the Rome derby last weekend.

Lazio has got a long history when it comes to discriminatory behavior with some of their fans being linked with racist chants towards Lecce’s Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda in the past.

The Roman outfit are currently sitting in second place of the Serie A table, 19 points behind the league leaders, Napoli, with just 11 games left to be played this season. The 1-0 win over Roma in the derby was enough to put them in pole position to earn a top-four finish at the end of this campaign. With all the controversy surrounding the Lazio fans, Maurizio Sarri will now have a big job in his hands to get his players ready for the final stretch of this league campaign.

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