Lazio Ultras salute Totti

LukaMotion

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A pretty fitting tribute to a great, one-club man from the fans who have hated him the most.

http://www.football-italia.net/102948/lazio-fans-‘totti-best-enemies’

“It was March 6, 1994 when we met for the first time,” the statement from Gli Irriducibili begins.



“You came on in place of [Giovanni] Piacentini and you got a penalty which [Giuseppe] Giannini missed.

“So young and yet you were already capable of representing the history of your team in such an excellent manner, a history of penalties and missed opportunities.

“Since then, while ringing-up record on record, while stadiums around the world clapped their hands, while you thought about t-shirts and Sanremo adverts, Lazio won a Scudetto, a Cup Winners' Cup, a European Super Cup, four Coppa Italia - one of which you were present for - and three Supercoppe Italiane.

“How much you could have won on the pitch with Real Madrid, no-one will ever know. You are the only champion they couldn’t buy.

“Without you they had to settle for two Intercontinental Cups, two World Club Cups, five Champions Leagues, three European Super Cups, seven La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey and six Spanish Super Cups. Not much, for a player of your talent.

“In any case, and especially in these times, you’ve reached a goal which deserves respect. The respect you didn’t receive from your fans and your club, and for that - we say this sincerely - we’re sorry.

“We would never have allowed a player like you to be treated like this. We would never have silently observed what they have done and what they are doing to you.

“Nobody defends you now, and of course we can’t do it. We bear no grudge for the t-shirts and the jokes you’ve aimed at us. They’re there, and in fact they have to stay - we’re in Rome and that’s how it works.

“In any case, a handshake for an opponent who, after all these years, leaves the pitch as ‘the best of enemies’.”
 

LukaMotion

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My apologies if you thought that I was, in any way, shape or form, condoning the Lazio Ultras and, in particular, their far right views, though I'm not sure exactly how you'd come to that conclusion.

I've got no love for Lazio at all, I just thought it's an interesting story, particularly in a week where one of our biggest rivals sees their club captain depart with no love spared from us rival fans. I guess that's the difference between being a decent guy like Totti and being a **** like Terry.
 

riggi

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My apologies if you thought that I was, in any way, shape or form, condoning the Lazio Ultras and, in particular, their far right views, though I'm not sure exactly how you'd come to that conclusion.

I've got no love for Lazio at all, I just thought it's an interesting story, particularly in a week where one of our biggest rivals sees their club captain depart with no love spared from us rival fans. I guess that's the difference between being a decent guy like Totti and being a **** like Terry.
Ye I was only jesting mate (y)
 

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Seemed like there were more than a couple of sideways digs in there to me. The first paragraph makes him out to be a diver, then they go in about everything he could have won. It's all a bit Jim Bowen at the end of bullseye.

Overall I get the positive sentiment from it too though.
 

worcestersauce

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Seems to me it is saying you wasted your entire career at a failure of a club but we respect you for doing it.
 
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