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Apr 23, 2013

Juve fined €30k for racist abuse

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has fined Juventus €30,000 (£25,633) as a result of the racist abuse that took place during Sunday's 1-0 victory at home to AC Milan.

Milan players were subjected to racist chants, and an offensive banner was unveiled, during the match at Juventus Stadium.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, who in January left the field in protest when he was racially abused during a friendly match with Pro Patria, responded by putting his finger to his lips on Sunday.

Mario Balotelli, who was suspended for the match, was also the subject of abuse.

Juventus released a statement on their official website condemning the abuse and insisting the FIGC's punishment should be considered "support" in their ambition to eradicate racism at the club.

It read: "Juventus Football Club reminds its fans and the media that it is heavily involved in projects dedicated to integration and is against any form of racism or discrimination.

"In fact, the club works very closely with the UNESCO Centre in Turin and, with the support of UNESCO, has conducted its third edition of 'Un calcio al razzismo' (Kick Out Racism), and its first edition of 'Gioca con me' (Play with me). Both projects took place on Thursday 21 March in celebration of the 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination'.

"The club's stance is reiterated before every home match, as demonstrated by this video. This commitment cannot therefore be brought into question simply because of the actions of individuals or groups of spectators which are highlighted by the intense media attention that football receives.

"Such behaviour does not represent the position of the club, its millions of fans or even the vast majority of spectators at Juventus Stadium, which represents a unique example in Italian football.

"This statement is not in any way intended to contest the decision of the sporting judge; on the contrary, it has to be interpreted as support, because such behaviour at Juventus Stadium should also be punished elsewhere with the same accuracy and co-operation from clubs."