The sign had already been smeared in recent days. It was broken during the night. The Onorato commissioner will present a complaint to the Digos
Second night, second damage. This time the sign named after Umberto Lenzini, president of the first Lazio championship (1974), has been split. On Friday morning the marble slab has a crack at the level of the word “Lazio”. This is the second act of vandalism in less than 48 hours.
On Wednesday afternoon, at 4 pm, in the presence of the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri and the councilor for tourism, major events and sport Alessandro Onorato, the park named after Umberto Lenzini was inaugurated, who, as a building contractor, helped, in the 1960s and 70, to develop the quadrant of the city of the XIII Municipality. Already on Thursday morning, however, the sign bearing his name had been smeared on both sides and colored in yellow and red by some Roma fans. The same fate for a part of the fountain located at the entrance to the park. The commissioner Onorato immediately took action and at 10.20 the Ama intervened to clean up the sign. The operators had even been attacked by some Roma supporters present, who complained about their prompt intervention. “Had we called an ambulance no one would have intervened so quickly”. There were also some skirmishes (only verbal) between Roma fans, amused by the incident, and those of Lazio, who are annoyed instead. In the night between Thursday and Friday, instead of enjoying Roma’s victory against Salzburg, which guaranteed Mourinho’s team qualification for the round of 16 of the Europa League, some fans returned to the park, breaking the sign at the point where the written “Lazio”.
“I’m speechless,” says Onorato. On Friday morning, the councilor will present a complaint to the digos (which is in possession of a photo of the alleged person responsible for the first attack). In this case the license plate will not be restored but replaced entirely. Obviously, however, the intervention times will be longer. However, the problem, as demonstrated by the repeated attacks and even the verbal assaults on the Ama agents, is rather deep-rooted. With a civic sense that in Rome, when it comes to football, is often lacking.
February 24 – 09:14
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