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Serie A: Mussolini’s great-grandson signs a professional contract with Lazio | Serie A 2020

Romano, 18, plays as a right-back and is the son of Alessandra, granddaughter of the dictator and former member of the European Parliament for Forza Italia

Romano Floriani Mussolini, during a match with Lazio.

Romano Floriani Mussolini, great-grandson of the Italian dictator, announced that he had signed his first professional contract with Lazio, a club frequently linked to ultra-fascist or neo-Nazi ideology groups. The 18-year-old defender posted on his Instagram account a photo in which he appears signing the contract (until 2024) with Mauro Bianchessi, responsible for the lower categories of the Roman club.

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“I am very happy to have signed my first professional contract with SS Lazio and to wear this shirt for another three years,” he wrote in his account, in which he is registered with the name of his father, Mauro Floriani. Mussolini’s link with Lazio dates back to 2016, when the biancoceleste club signed him from the Roma youth academy. Since then, after a loan at Vigor Perconti, he has been climbing steps until reaching Primavera as a right back. Now he signs his first contract as a professional.

Trained in Lazio, Romano Floriani Mussolini is the third son of Alessandra Mussolini, former deputy in the European Parliament for Forza Italia and granddaughter of the ‘Duce’, Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), who created in 1919 the first fascist militias.

To get to the Olympic Stadium, where Lazio, Roma and the Italian national team play, fans pass by an obelisk dedicated to ‘Mussolini Dux’ (Mussolini el Duce). Linked to the extreme right, the Lazio ultras are frequently accused of racist or anti-Semitic behavior, such as the display of classical crosses, fascist salutes, monkey cries and even photos in which they are caricatured. Anna Frank, one of the victims of the Holocaust.

The club has rarely criticized the behavior of its more radical fans, although in January 2020 it required 16 fans to perform the fascist salute in a Europa League match against him. Rennes, who will participate in the payment of the fine imposed by UEFA.

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