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After a day on sale, Lazio has sold 11 season tickets for the upcoming season


Lazio fans are known for being harsh on their club. They’re currently unhappy, and it’s showing.

Upset about the current lack of transfer activity and the botched hiring of Marcelo Bielsa, fans have taken to boycotting the newly offered season ticket packages, and it’s working.

According to reports in Italy, including Gazzetta dello Sport, the club sold just 11 season tickets on the first day of offering.

This isn’t the first time Lazio has struggled to sell tickets. Last season, the club sold a record low 12,800 season tickets last year, with just 9,000 sold before the season began, which at the time was below Torino, Udinese, Hellas Verona, Genoa, and Bologna.

Fans have been particularly upset with owner Claudio Lotito over the Bielsa fiasco, with supporters protesting in the streets after Bielsa resigned just two days after being appointed as manager. Lotito laid into Bielsa, claiming the Argentinian demanded numerous addendums to his contract. Lotito hit back at fans’ vitriol, saying, “Lotito doesn’t sell dreams, he sells reality.” Fans felt additional pain when Roma president James Pallotta claimed watching Lazio conducts business is “like belonging to a joke of the month club.”

In addition, following a disappointing eighth-place finish last season, the club has not officially added any players this transfer window so far, although rumors claim Ciro Immobile is on his way in on loan.

What a photo: Lazio plays to near-empty Stadio Olimpico as fans protest club president


You know that wacky guy who calls into a sports radio talk show and claims that the higher-ups would get a true picture of the fans discontent if they all just stayed away for a match?

Well, Lazio supporters did just that. Just a sprinkling of fans were in the stands at Stadio Olimpico as Lazio fell to Atalanta by a 1-0 score on Sunday in Serie A action.

The fans have been angry with club president Claudio Lotito, and it hasn’t been eased by poor form on the pitch. Some of the folks who did attend the match voiced their displeasure with signs like “It’s him  or us” or “Lazio is ours and we will leave it to our children,” according to a BBC report.

There have been a number of problems at Lazio this season, including the firing of manager Vladimir Petkovic and the transfer of popular midfielder Hernanes. After the sale, there was a protest march attended by nearly 40,000 fans.

Lazio coach Edoardo Reja responded to the sight of an empty Olimpico:

“It’s a real shame to see the Olimpico deserted. We were in with a chance of achieving something significant but it’s difficult to play in these conditions.

“This situation can’t go on. It’s a disadvantage for us, as we’ve seen today.”

Stay tuned.