Lazio, Mussolini and the eagle that quacked like a duck | sports

Things, more often than one is willing to believe, are simply what they seem. The American poet James Whitcomb Rilesy (1849-1916) was the first to coin the phrase that annihilated the metaphorical meaning of life. “When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call it a duck.” The overwhelming logic of the statement destroyed the subtlety of secondary or condescending interpretations. The appearance of what you observe, as Cardinal Richard Cushing would present again in 1964 using the same words to refer to Fidel Castro and communism, is more than enough to classify that object. The only difference in the case of Lazio is that the duck was actually an eagle. But beyond ornithological questions, the same principle can be applied.

The team mascot that flies over the Olympic before each game is a type of American eagle. His trainer, on the other hand, is Spanish. A Cadiz and far-right confessed follower of Vox, Franco and Mussolini who raises his arm as if propelled by a spring when the public chants “Duce, Duce”. He happened after a match with Inter. And the club, harassed on social networks, had to fire him because Lazio, they said, has nothing to do with that world. Three days later, Sarri summoned Romano Benito Floriani Mussolini, the dictator’s great-grandson, for the match against Verona. The boy, who added his mother’s surname to his first surname (in Italy it is not usually done), has every right to enjoy his life without the hindrances of the past. But the echo of the quack of Whitcomb’s duck, despite the fact that the boy did not play a minute, resonated again with all the crudeness of him in the Olympic.

The clubs have no ideology. Or so they usually say. And its curves are almost always taken by ultra-right fans who do not represent the entire hobby. Nor, of course, to that of Lazio, whose majority is surely ashamed of these acts. But the club, despite the real efforts of its board and its president, Claudio Lotito, to distance itself from these elements, has always been accused of flirting or allowing too much fascist expressions from part of its fans (as when three years ago they flooded the south curve of Anne Frank stickers with the Roma shirt). Even from some players, like Paolo Di Canio, with his Roman greeting to the curve. Or Mihahlovic, when he went to the back to greet the ultras who had hung a banner honoring the Tiger Arkan, bloodthirsty number 1 of the Serbian paramilitary and ultranationalist militia. Any other political expression does not seem well seen.

Lazio signed this summer the Albanian Elseid Hysaj. The winger had the idea of ​​starting after a dinner at the pre-season concentration with the Bella Ciao, a partisan anthem and a symbol of the anti-fascist struggle. Luis Alberto, his teammate recorded it and posted on networks to welcome him. And the next day the ultras also gave it to him with a banner hung on a bridge on Corso Francia where it read: “Hysaj, worm, Lazio is fascist.” They are hooligansClear. But few hobbies humiliate one of their own for a gesture of this type.

The emotional link between that part of Lazio and the extreme right has been widely documented. But Mussolini Jr.’s chapter also describes a climate in Italy, where a stage has begun to normalize: fascist parties allow themselves to raid union headquarters and it does not seem strange to see a player with the name of a tyrant on his back ( imagine Hitler’s grandson on the Bayern bench). It also happens outside the stadium. His aunt, Rachele Mussolini (she is named after the dictator’s wife), has been the most voted councilor in the last municipal elections in Rome. She is a candidate for Fratelli di Italia, a party born from the embers of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement and with militants and leaders who have been hunted by raising their arms on occasion. The formation does not condemn fascism, but they complain when they are associated with it. Although it flies and quacks like a duck.

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