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Soccer: Prosecutors asked to probe anti-Semitic slurs

Behavior of fans of four teams being investigated

10 March, 19:44
Soccer: Prosecutors asked to probe anti-Semitic slurs (ANSA) - Rome, March 10 - Prosecutors were asked Monday to investigate complaints of anti-Semitic jeers during a soccer match last month in Turin.

Fans for both Juventus and Fiorentina allegedly made anti-Semitic comments during a February 23 match.

One compared Jews with "typhoid", triggering complaints by Jewish leaders including Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.

"The hope is that as soon as possible the most appropriate measures can be taken and that those responsible for these actions are put in a position of not being able to attend (soccer matches) for a long time," he said. Investigators have been viewing videotapes from the game with an eye to allegations of banners and comments made reportedly mocking the deaths of fans during the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster.

That occurred when fans trying to leave the stadium in Brussels before the start of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool were crushed against a wall, leading to the deaths of 39 Juventus fans and injuries to 600.

Fan behavior at a match between Rome and Naples is also being investigators after complaints of "territorial discrimination".