Italian Serie A football club Lazio has ordered 16 fans caught making fascist salutes at a home game to contribute to paying a fine imposed by UEFA over the incident.
Individual letters had been sent to the fans banning them for three matches and demanding a contribution to financial losses incurred by the club, Italian sports paper Corriere dello Sport said.
Lazio confirmed to AFP that the letters were “authentic” after a photograph of one letter appeared in several news outlets.
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Lazio were fined 20,000 euros by European football's governing body after home fans were caught on video making fascist salutes during the Europa tie against Rennes on October 3.
A section of the Stadio Olympico stand was ordered closed for the next home Europa tie, reducing income from ticket sales.
“From the footage taken by UEFA and the consequent police investigation, it emerged that you are responsible for the sanctionable behaviour…,” the letter read.
It estimated economic damage to the club through lost ticket sales and the fine at “at least 50,000 euros”.
“As only the fans identified are responsible for the damage to the club, we invite you to contact us so that you can agree a method of payment to reimburse Lazio.”
The Lazio club is regularly in the news due to the conduct of some of their supporters, particularly the Irriducibili, Lazio's main hardcore “ultra” supporters group.
Earlier this month, Lazio was fined 20,000 euros over racist abuse some of its fans directed at Brescia forward Mario Balotelli.
The club was fined €50,000 last year after supporters displayed stickers showing Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma shirt along with anti-Semitic messages.