Yesterday, Lazio’s director of communications Arturo Diaconale accused AS Roma of having used the SPQR mark in a deceptive way, “AS Roma is not the only owner of the SPQR mark.” In fact, in the derby played on Sunday, the Giallorossi wore a special edition of their jersey with the SPQR mark printed on the chest in the same position where sponsors are located.
First of all, for those who don’t know what we are talking about and the meaning of SPQR for Rome, let me say that SPQR is a Latin phrase Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (“The Roman Senate and People”), or more freely used as “The Senate and People of Rome” referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic, and used as an official emblem of the modern-day comune (municipality) of Rome.
“I do not know if its use has been authorized by the municipality and if it is allowed for everyone – Lazio’s manager stated to the Lazio Style Radio station – The city is identified with both teams.”
Although the answer seems obvious, as stated in the Statute of the Municipality, the only registered logo is the purple shield with the S.P.Q.R mark. The only use of the four letters should, therefore, be free. Lazio’s resentment is therefore completely unfounded. Although a healthy rivalry between the two clubs of the capital of Italy is a tradition very much appreciated by football lovers, Lazio should have been more careful before triggering unnecessary criticisms. In fact, AS Roma didn’t use the original and historical SPQR mark but something very similar without the dots after each letter.