For the earlier 94 minutes, a variety of Celtic followers had reveled in taunting their Italian hosts, significantly after a equally heated recreation in Glasgow between the golf equipment a fortnight in the past.
Shortly after Lazio’s arrival in Glasgow on October 24, movies appeared on social media seemingly exhibiting Lazio “ultras” — a hardcore faction of supporters — making fascist raised-arm gestures as they walked by means of the town heart.
Throughout the Glasgow recreation, the Celtic followers unfurled a banner with a picture of Mussolini hanging by his ft and the message “Observe Your Chief.”
This prompted Mussolini granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini to name for Celtic followers to be prosecuted.
On the eve of the sport, Celtic confirmed that two of its followers had been stabbed in Rome.
Forward of the sport in Rome, Celtic had suggested its followers to remain in massive teams the place potential, maintain a low profile within the metropolis and keep away from carrying membership colours.
European soccer’s governing physique UEFA stated their “disciplinary physique will await experiences from final evening earlier than deciding on any motion.”
For a lot of Celtic followers, the chance to journey to Rome was each a sporting and non secular pilgrimage.
Due to monetary difficulties, many Irish Catholic emigrants moved to the east finish of Glasgow, with a lot of them turning into Celtic followers.
Consequently, the Irish tricolor can typically be seen as Celtic take to the sphere in Glasgow.
Footage from Thursday’s recreation confirmed Celtic followers carrying Vatican Metropolis flags, and banners adorned with Pope Francis’ face had been commonplace.