The escalating tensions between rival Serie A fans in East Belfast reached fever pitch last night, when offensive graffiti was sprayed on the home of a Roma supporter.
It’s the latest in a series of clashes between supporters of A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio which has left locals living in fear.
Roma fan, Big Franky Totti, woke this morning to find that his property had been daubed with the abusive slogan: ‘Roma Scum’.
The 41-year-old owner of East Belfast-based car washing business ‘The Karwashians’ said:
“Last week I had my windies put in. Now this! Fuckin’ Lazio bastards”.
There’s been an ongoing issue with Italian football related violence in the area ever since live Serie A games were screened here on Channel Four during the early 90s.
Chairman of the Grove Street Lazio Supporters Club, wee Sammy Signori, vehemently denies that any of their members were behind the attack.
“He probably did it himself”, argued Sammy, whilst scrubbing the black paint of his hands.
Community representative Bobby Baggio has urged both sets of supporters to sit down together in order to bring an end to the violence.
“I would encourage fans of both teams to engage in constructive dialogue in order to find a resolution and avoid any sudden deaths or shootouts”.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to diffuse the situation, the PSNI has appealed for offside.