Mussolini's great-grandson called up to Serie A club's main squad

The squad brought Romano Floriani Mussolini onto the club ahead of the match. He is the great-grandson of the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the third child of Alessandra Mussolini and Mauro Floriani.

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Lazio's Italian midfielder Romano Floriani Mussolini,18, warms up before the Serie A soccer match between Hellas Verona and Lazio Rome at Bentegodi stadium in Verona on Oct. 24, 2021.

Lazio’s Italian midfielder Romano Floriani Mussolini,18, warms up before the Serie A soccer match between Hellas Verona and Lazio Rome at Bentegodi stadium in Verona on Oct. 24, 2021. (ANSA/AFP via Getty Images)

Romano Floriani Mussolini decided to use both of his surnames when playing soccer. He told Italian media he wasn’t being judged by his last name but instead just the play on the pitch. He signed with Lazio’s youth squad in February, 根据 路透社.

Here at Lazio, I’m judged only for the way I play and not because my surname is Mussolini,” he told Il Messaggero in February. “I hope I can make my debut for the Primavera one day.

Romano Floriani Mussolini of SS Lazio looks on folloiwng the 2-1 defeat in the Primavera TIM Cup Final match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Ennio Tardini Stadium on April 28, 2021, in Parma, 意大利.

Romano Floriani Mussolini of SS Lazio looks on folloiwng the 2-1 defeat in the Primavera TIM Cup Final match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Ennio Tardini Stadium on April 28, 2021, in Parma, 意大利. (Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

他的母亲, Alessandra, told the Adnkronos press agency around the same time he signed with Lazio that her son has no interest in politics.

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I have nothing to comment on. It’s something I prefer to stay out of. My son wants no sort of meddling in his private life or choices,” 她说, 通过 守护者.

The 18-year-old right-back had initially played for Roma’s youth club before joining Lazio earlier in the year.

PARMA, ITALY - 四月 28: Romano Floriani Mussolini of SS Lazio reacts during the Primavera TIM Cup Final match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Ennio Tardini Stadium on April 28, 2021 in Parma, 意大利.

PARMA, ITALY – 四月 28: Romano Floriani Mussolini of SS Lazio reacts during the Primavera TIM Cup Final match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Ennio Tardini Stadium on April 28, 2021 in Parma, 意大利. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Some Lazio fans have been accused of having far-right links. 根据 天空新闻, the fan club known asultrashave flown banners supporting fascism and in 2005 former player Paolo Di Canio gave a fascist salute to fans after a win over Roma.

星期日, Lazio lost to Verona 4-1.

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