Elseid Hysaj’s new signing by Lazio sparks a FURIOUS reaction from the club ultras for singing the left-wing national anthem ‘Bella Ciao’ during his initiation as fans unfold a huge banner calling the defender a ‘worm’ and proudly declaring the Serie A-giants ‘fascist’ declares
- Albanian fullback Elseid Hysaj was filmed singing ‘Ciao Bella’ at his initiation
- He was surrounded by his new Lazio teammates outside a restaurant
- The song is a famous anthem for workers and is seen as politically left
- Ultras are furious and strike back with a banner Hysaj calls a ‘worm’
Lazio ultras are outraged by the number choice new fullback Elseid Hysaj made on his initiation.
The footage was shared and quickly deleted by midfielder Luis Alberto, who, along with other Lazio players, laughed outside a restaurant as Hysaj stood on a chair shouting ‘Bella Ciao’.
The tune has historically been seen as a leftist hymn – the opposite of Lazio’s die-hard fans joining the far right.
Luis Alberto posted a video of new teammate Elseid Hysaj singing ‘Bella Ciao’
Lazio Ultras unfurled a banner in Rome that Hysaj called a worm and said the club is fascist
‘Bella Ciao’ was sung by partisans who fought against the Nazis and the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini.
It is associated with the movement that liberated Italy from fascism and the ultras of Lazio are seething. They have hung a banner on the bridge of Corso Francia in Rome, one of the most visible points in the Eternal City.
It says, “Hysaj is a worm, Lazio is fascist.”
A Lazio supporter, Franco Costantino, told Adn Kronos: “Ours has traditionally been a far-right fan base and we are proud of that.
“Bella Ciao sung with the Lazio shirt is something out of this world, Hysaj made a mistake. He has no excuses.’
Hysaj had to look up the lyrics and kept checking his phone during the performance
The jovial video showed the 27-year-old defender uttering the words while checking the text on his phone before passionately shaking his fists at the climax.
Alberto could also be seen singing along, as were a number of other players, but it is Hysaj who is in the crosshairs of the ultras.
According to Italy’s Calciomercato, a group of ultras went to the restaurant to confront Hysaj, but the team had already left when they arrived.
They were then said to have arranged a meeting with him, Lazio sports director Igli Tare and a group of police officers outside the team hotel.
Lazio supporters have historically been politically equal to the right and their ultras are notorious
Whether tensions eased over the course of that encounter remains to be seen and Hysaj was able to meet a fierce reception in his first game at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Albanian captain joined Lazio as a free agent after his contract with Napoli expired this summer and moved north to the capital.
Maurizio Sarri, Lazio’s manager and former Chelsea boss, is said to have been unhappy that the Ultras were allowed to interfere with his players.
Hysaj played for Napoli for six years before his contract with the Italian club expired
And the club issued the following statement: “It is the job of a club to protect its player and remove him from situations where he is used for personal and political gain.
“In this case, they certainly had nothing to do with the casual and friendly context of the incident.
“The training retreat must continue in the climate of tranquility that we have enjoyed until today.”