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Soccer: Lazio racism despite own black players says Pogba

'They're ignorant' says Juve and France midfielder

Soccer: Lazio racism despite own black players says Pogba

Rome, August 19 - Lazio fans made monkey chants against Juventus players during their 4-0 loss to Juve in the Italian Super Cup final Sunday even though they have blacks in their own team, Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba said Monday. "They're ignorant. I was alone against 30,000. Those people behave like that even though they have black players in their team," Pogba told AFP. "It's a complete lack of respect towards players wearing the shirt they're rooting for, too. "It's an unpleasant situation but I keep playing and stay focused on my job," Pogba said. Juve's Angelo Ogbonna, an Italy defender of Nigerian descent, and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah were the other Juve players targeted. Lazio's team included Angolan-born Belgian Under-21 international Luis Pedro Cavanda and Nigeria's Ogenyi Eddy Onazi. A soccer judge punished the incident by shutting the Lazio hard-core fans' stand for their opening Serie A match against Udinese on Sunday.

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