The Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic has been banned by the Italian FA for 20 days and fined €10,000 for a racist insult towards the Roma defender Antonio Rüdiger following the heated Rome derby this month. As the ban coincides with Serie A’s winter break, Lulic will miss only one game, at home to Crotone on 8 January.
Yes. That you read that correct. For racially insulting a fellow professional, Senad Lulic has been given a one-match suspension.
The incident occured after the Rome derby when Lulic said Rüdiger was provoking Lazio players and that
“two years ago he was selling socks and belts in Stuttgart, now he acts like he’s a phenomenon”.
A day after the derby on 4 December, which Roma won 2-0, Lulic posted on Instagram that he responded to a provocation with “another provocation”.
Lulic, who is Bosnian, said:
“I come from a country that knows about the tragedies caused by ethnic prejudices.
“That’s why I’m sorry that I got carried away by the post-derby tensions and to have expressed myself in an inopportune manner.”