Roma players receive chilling death threats after Lazio defeat

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It's been a difficult week for Roma fans.

Juventus are on the brink of winning Serie A for the sixth season in a row, leaving Luciano Spalletti's men looking over their shoulder at Napoli instead of dreaming of the title.

They've also had to contend with the emotional turmoil of saying goodbye to Francesco Totti, with the legend hanging up his boots at the end of the season.

Most devastating, though, was the 3-1 defeat to Lazio.

It's a derby that is always highly-charged, but especially when things go so badly wrong for one side.

Keita Balde Diao opened the scoring for Lazio before captain Daniele De Rossi equalised for the hosts thanks to a contentious penalty.

Dusan Basta quickly put the Biancocelesti back in front five minutes later, and Keita then made it 3-1 in the 85th minute to compound Roma's misery. 

A nightmare afternoon for Roma 

To make matters worse, the normally dependable Antonio Rudiger was also sent off in the final minutes.

Lazio undoubtedly deserve credit for overcoming the highly questionable spot-kick and the absence of their top scorer Ciro Immobile.

However, some of the home fans clearly didn't see it that way.

Roma were disappointing, but that doesn't justify the reaction of a minority of supporters.

Chilling threat 

As reported by Goal, a terrifying display was seen in a street near the Colosseum, with three hanging dummies wearing the shirts of De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Mohamed Salah.

It's worth pointing out that all three have actually had good seasons, and De Rossi has dedicated his entire career to the club.

Above, the banner reads "un consiglio, senza offesa...dormite con la luca accesa", which translates into English as "some advice, no offence...sleep with the lights on".

According to The Sun, the effigies were taken down at around 1 am local time, but the banner took longer to remove.

It's another worrying sign of how far some fans are willing to go even in this day and age.

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