Roma to play at neutral venue
ROME -- AS Roma was ordered to play its next home match at a neutral venue without spectators after its fans displayed Nazi and fascist symbols during last Sunday's match against Livorno.
The Italian soccer league's disciplinary commission mandated the punishment Tuesday amid discussion on how to stop racism and political misbehavior at matches.
The team must play its Feb. 8 Serie A match against Cagliari at least 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) from the Italian capital. The site will be decided by the league in the next few days.
Groups of Roma hardcore right-wing fans displayed Nazi and fascist symbols and anti-Semitic banners at Stadio Olimpico. Fans of Lazio, which shares the stadium, behaved similarly last season.
Roma and Livorno fans have a long history of bitter rivalry and police reported Monday they had seized six Molotov cocktails near the stadium before Sunday's kickoff.
Italian soccer clubs are considered responsible for fans' behavior. Roma also was fined about $8,500 because its supporters hurled smoke bombs and other objects at rival fans.