Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko suffers racist abuse from Lazio supporters while playing for AC Milan


Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko suffers racist abuse from Lazio supporters while playing for AC Milan

Tiemoue Bakayoko was subject to racist abuse during AC Milan’s Coppa Italia clash against Lazio on Wednesday evening.

The midfielder, who is on a season-long loan with the Rossoneri from Chelsea, was targeted throughout the match by Lazio supporters.

Bakayoko was racially abused during AC Milan’s clash against Lazio

Before the match, around 50 fans of the Rome club raised a banner reading ‘Honour to Benito Mussolini’ – the Italian wartime dictator. They also made fascist salutes moments before kick-off.

Racist chants of ‘this Banana is for Bakayoko’ were then reportedly heard from the fans throughout the clash.

The Lazio faithful jeered Bakayoko and his midfield team-mate Franck Kessie after they celebrated a victory over Lazio earlier this month by parading around with defender Francesco Acerbi’s shirt.

Bakayoko and Acerbi had been involved in a back-and-forth on Twitter and the Milan duo rubbed salt in the wounds with the celebrations, an act they later apologised for.

According to Football Italia, Lazio fans wanted to get payback for the act and smuggled inflatable bananas into the stadium to brandish at Bakayoko throughout the game.

Bakayoko and Kessie taunted Lazio fans last month with their celebrations

In response to the chants, AC Milan’s stadium announcer said the match would be called off if the chanting persisted, but the action led to more abhorrent abuse from the fans.

Throughout the clash, Football Italia updated followers, writing: “Lazio fans are continuing to chant racist abuse towards Tiemoue Bakayoko outside the gates of San Siro.

“The tension is escalating ahead of the Coppa Italia semi-final against AC Milan, as Lazio ultras are already aiming racist chants at Tiemoue Bakayoko.

“Speaker reads out message warning game will be suspended if racist chants continue. Lazio ultras respond by chanting about bananas.

“Italian rules state the referee cannot stop play for racist abuse. Only the person in charge of public safety and security can do that. Their main priority is preventing a riot, so very unlikely to stop play.”