Anne Frank’s diary to be read at football games

Lazio president Claudio Lotito visited a synagogue in Rome following the incident

A passage of Anne Frank’s diary will be read before all Italian matches this week after an anti-Semitic incident at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

Lazio fans posted stickers of the Holocaust victim wearing a Roma jersey alongside anti-Semitic slogans.

Lazio, who share the stadium with Roma, will have images of Anne Frank’s face on their shirts in Wednesday’s game.

The club’s president has also said he will organise an annual trip to Auschwitz for 200 of Lazio’s fans.

A section of Lazio fans known as the “ultras” – known for their racist chants and often violent behaviour – left the stickers and slogans such as “Roma fans are Jews” during their match at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

Italian president Sergio Mattarella called the case “alarming” and Italian police have opened an investigation into the stickers.

Sports Minister Luca Lotti said those responsible would be “identified and punished”, adding: “There is no justification. These are instances to be condemned unconditionally.”

Lazio president Claudio Lotito said wearing images of Anne Frank’s face on the Biancocelesti shirts when they play at Bologna on Wednesday night would demonstrate the club is committed to fighting all forms of racism and anti-Semitism.

He also said taking Lazio fans on an annual trip to Auschwitz would teach them about the Holocaust.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ has sold 30 million copies since it was first post-humously published in 1947

Anne Frank became one of the most famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust after her diary of her life as a German Jew in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World War Two was published in 1947.

She died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when she was 15-years-old.

“You can’t play around with these facts, we condemn all forms of racism. Lazio will launch this initiative,” Lotito told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

He also visited a synagogue in Rome following the incident, and was quoted by Italian newspaper La Republica