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Brighton fans respond to Roma antics with hilarious banner

During the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 tie between Brighton and Roma, Italian fans were pictured holding up a vile X-rated banner aimed towards the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The banner caused much offence among British fans, and tonight, on March 14, fans of the seaside club hilariously replied with a banner of their own.

Brighton fans respond to Roma antics with hilarious banner

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Brighton fans took aim at Roma legend Francesco Totti in response to their fans' banner in the first leg. Photo by Icon Sport

What did the Brighton banner say?

Pizza has been beloved by all for many a year now, but given that it is traditionally an Italian dish, it is held in particularly high regard in the country. Pineapple on pizza is a controversial topping that would get looks of derision in most countries, let alone its place of origin.

With that in mind, Brighton fans decided to poke some fun at Roma fans with a banner that read “Totti loves pineapple on pizza.”

Its not quite as offensive as Roma's previous X-rated banner, but it is hilarious nonetheless.

Plenty of drama

Neither of these two clubs came into this game with any previous grudges, however, there has been plenty of drama from a fan perspective across the two legs.

Just a week earlier, a group of Brighton fans had been the victims of a violent attack from a group of masked people in Rome, leaving two of them requiring treatment for non-life-threatening stab wounds. Thankfully, both supporters were in good health a few days later, and one of them was even able to attend the first leg tie just 24 hours after the incident.

Once that match had begun, there were yet more reports of fan trouble within the Stadio Olimpico, with several reports suggesting that the Roma fans had been throwing bottles, coins and lighters at supporters who were in the away section.

Given that the Seagulls also suffered a 4-0 defeat in that game leaving them an uphill task in the second leg, many Brighton supporters more than likely want to forget about the entire experience altogether.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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