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  1. Avatar Gretchen Bloom
    May 3, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    Awesome article! We watched it here in DC on TV.. well, Peter did. Kept saying “Roma is doing well!” but “It is not the same watching on TV. I should have been in a pub in Rome.. but it would have been CHAOS!”

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      May 3, 2018 @ 10:16 pm

      Thanks, Gretchen. Tell Peter it was worse in person.

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  2. Avatar Gretchen Bloom
    May 3, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    Awesome article! We watched it here in DC on TV.. well, Peter did. Kept saying “Roma is doing well!” but “It is not the same watching on TV. I should have been in a pub in Rome.. but it would have been CHAOS!”

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  3. Avatar Laura Lelli
    May 3, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

    My Australian/Roman family are laziali because my dad’s family are Romans from way back, before Mussolini I believe (the Fascist himself) created the Roma club. The Fascist tag of Lazio always surprises me because all the supporters I know actually descend from communists and are staunch socialists. Either way, the violence in Italian soccer is disgraceful and a Roman cousin of mine, believes that with the country being such a basket case economically, soccer is the only thing that many people feel is meaningful and therefore it is taken far too seriously. What example are the country’s leaders setting in terms of acceptable behaviour with corruption and infiltration of the mafia the norm? In January my family stayed in Testaccio, where my paternal grandparents were raised,. We were very excited until we realised what a Roma stronghold it is, the graffiti in particular was very disturbing. My youngest son, a 16 year old had his Lazio jersey with him and could not believe it when I suggested he not wear it in public. I absolutely love Rome but we learned to appreciate Melbourne so much more; where supporters of opposing teams sit together and leave the stadium walking, talking and laughing side by side, jerseys proudly displayed, no fear of violence.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      May 3, 2018 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks for the great email. You make a good point about Italy’s recession being a cause. I’ll look into that next season. I covered pro rugby in New Zealand and even opposing players drink together after games.

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  4. Avatar Laura Lelli
    May 3, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

    My Australian/Roman family are laziali because my dad’s family are Romans from way back, before Mussolini I believe (the Fascist himself) created the Roma club. The Fascist tag of Lazio always surprises me because all the supporters I know actually descend from communists and are staunch socialists. Either way, the violence in Italian soccer is disgraceful and a Roman cousin of mine, believes that with the country being such a basket case economically, soccer is the only thing that many people feel is meaningful and therefore it is taken far too seriously. What example are the country’s leaders setting in terms of acceptable behaviour with corruption and infiltration of the mafia the norm? In January my family stayed in Testaccio, where my paternal grandparents were raised,. We were very excited until we realised what a Roma stronghold it is, the graffiti in particular was very disturbing. My youngest son, a 16 year old had his Lazio jersey with him and could not believe it when I suggested he not wear it in public. I absolutely love Rome but we learned to appreciate Melbourne so much more; where supporters of opposing teams sit together and leave the stadium walking, talking and laughing side by side, jerseys proudly displayed, no fear of violence.

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