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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Lazio apologise for Zoro racism
The Ivory Coast and Messina's Marc Kpolo Zoro
Messina's Marc Kpolo Zoro was abused by Lazio fans
The president of Italian club Lazio, Claudio Lotito has apologised for the racist abuse suffered by the Messina and Ivory Coast defender Marc Kpolo Zoro.

The Ivorian was booed throughout Sunday's Serie A game by a section of Lazio supporters.

The Messina defender was said to be furious at the end of the match, which Lazio won 1-0.

"I had to push him into the dressing room because he was very upset and could have reacted in a way that would have wound things up even more," Zoro's team mate Salvatore Aronica said.

Messina president Pietro Franza said that Lazio counterpart Lotito had entered the dressing room after the game to apologise to Zoro in the name of the club.

Lazio have been sanctioned on several occasions by the Italian Football Federation and European governing body Uefa after racist chants or banners from their fans.


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