Tiemoue Bakayoko: AC Milan player subjected to racist abuse by Lazio fans

    Tiémoué Bakayoko of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

    (CNN)Italian football club Lazio has blamed "isolated elements" within its support for racist abuse directed at AC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko at the Italian Cup semifinal match between the clubs on Wednesday.

    Lazio fans could be heard chanting "this banana is for Bakayoko" before and after the match at Milan's San Siro stadium, according to ANSA news agency and social media videos.
    Italian sport paper, Gazzetta dello Sport, also reported that inflatable bananas were spotted in the stadium.
      Bakayoko, who is a midfielder, is on loan from Premier League club Chelsea.
        The incident happened as eight Lazio supporters are being investigated for holding up a banner reading "Honor to Benito Mussolini" and performing fascist salutes in the northern Italian city, a police spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
        The fans are expected to be charged for "fascist manifestation" in the course of an investigation led by the head of the anti-terrorist unit Alberto Nobili.
        Thursday is Liberation day in Italy, a public holiday in which Italians celebrate the end of Nazi-fascism.
          Lazio fans hold a banner that reads "Honor to Benito Mussolini" in Milan.
          In a statement after the game, which Lazio won 1-0, the club attempted to distance itself from the racist abuse but also attacked the media for "considering (all) Lazio supporters responsible"
          "The S.S. Lazio clearly distances itself from behaviors and manifestations that do not correspond in any way to the values of sport that this club promoted and supported for 119 years," said the statement. "Lazio also rejects and disputes the simplistic tendency of some media to consider (all) Lazio supporters responsible for the actions carried out by a few isolated elements."
          "The club has always fought for legality and correct conduct."
          Neither Lega Serie A, Italy's top football division, or the Italian Football Federation have commented on the incidents.
          A message was read out on the stadium public address system warning that the game would be suspended if racist chants did not stop, Gazzetta reported. But the chants continued and the referee did not react, according to the paper.