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Antisemitic slurs

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Rome – Prosecutors were asked Monday to investigate complaints of
antisemitic jeers during a soccer match last month in Turin.

 

Fans for both Juventus and
Fiorentina allegedly made antisemitic 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”