Two weeks ago, Lazio defeated AS Roma in the Coppa Italia final at their shared home, the Stadio Olimpico.
Rather than immediately rub the victory into the faces of their fierce Rome rivals, Lazio fans showed the utmost pretend decorum and pseudo-respect by waiting until Saturday to stage a joke funeral procession, complete with play-acting priests and mock mourners...
Around 4,000 Biancazzurri fans gathered near Rome's Ponte Milvio to pay their imitation respects to a team they have beaten in four of the last five Derby della Capitale meetings.
Italian fans appear to be quite partial to allegorical grieving ceremonies: last summer Milan supporters left funeral arrangements outside the club's offices when they sold off Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But as we all know, Silvio Berlusconi made (yet another) deal with the devil and the Rossoneri defied their pre-season awfulness to become inexplicably good last season. Lazio fans will hope their funeral fun will not have a similarly revitalizing effect on Roma.
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