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Lazio Anne Frank Shirts Worn in Response to Anti-Semitic Abuse

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SS Lazio's Bastos wears a T-shirt with the Anne Frank's image and the words "No to Anti-Semitism" prior of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Bologna and SS Lazio at Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, on Oct. 25 2017. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:35 AM

Lazio players wore images of Anne Frank on their shirts before their Wednesday soccer match in Europe in a bid to tackle anti-Semitic abuse.

The move was in response to a recent incident in which the Italian team's fans used images of the Holocaust victim as a way of taunting their rival supporters, Sky News noted.

Stickers depicting Frank wearing a Roma shirt alongside anti-Semitic slogans were distributed around the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Backlash ensued.

The head of Rome's Jewish community, Ruth Dureghello, took to Twitter in protest, posting a photo of the sticker and writing: "This isn't the terraces, this isn't soccer, this isn't sport. Kick anti-Semitism out of the stadiums," CNN noted.

In response, Lazio players dedicated their match against Bologna on Wednesday to fighting anti-Semitism by wearing Ann Frank shirts with "No to anti-Semitism" boldly emblazoned across the front.

Additionally, team president Claudio Lotito took a trip to a synagogue in Rome.

"I am here to express our total dissociation towards all xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism," he said, according to BBC.

He further stated that the club would annually sponsor 200 fans on a trip to visit the museum on the site of Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

In condemnation of the recent incident, the Italian football federation announced that a minute's silence would be held before Wednesday's game, and would be followed by the reciting of a passage from Frank's famous diary.

Sky News noted that the tribute was marred when some hard-core supporters turned their backs to the pitch during the Italian national anthem while Roma fans sang club chants during the readings.

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