In his words: Lazio president's synagogue visit was disingenuous

25 October at 09:30
In the wake of Monday’s anti-Semitic actions, relating to Anne Frank, by some of his club’s supports, Lazio president Claudio Lotito visited a Roman temple, and pledged to bring 200 young Lazio fans to Auschwitz concentration camp each year to raise awareness. While his acts were commendable, it appears Mr. Lotito does not feel the same way.

On his plane ride from Milan to Rome, where he was to lay three wreaths at the synagogue, Mr. Lotito was overheard by other passengers disingenuously speaking about his upcoming public appearance. “This isn’t worth s***,” he said, referring to the trip. “Do you understand why we’re here? It’s all scripted.” 

He also appeared dismayed that he, and the two players he brought with him – Felipe Anderson and Wallace – wouldn’t be seen with the leader of the synagogue. “The rabbi is in New York. Is the vice-rabbi there?”

If we are to believe the multiple passengers on the flight, it’s clear that Mr. Lotito saw his gesture as more of an obligation than a genuine act of empathy. 

As of posting, he has not responded to the accusations.
Matthew Klimberg


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