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Nov 11, 2013

Juventus chief condemns chants

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte believes Juventus should be given credit after beating title rivals Napoli 3-0 to close the gap of Serie A leaders Roma

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has condemned the club's fans for the "self-harming" chants that could result in a partial stadium closure for the game against Udinese on Dec. 1.

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Juve fans in the Curva Sud for the game against Napoli challenged the Italian Football Association (FIGC) to block their access to the Juventus Stadium for their next home game with the kind of geographically discriminatory chants the FIGC has been clamping down on so far this season.

With a one-year suspended sentence hanging over the club for the same chants in Juve's last home game against Genoa, the partial stadium closure is expected to be imposed.

Marotta said he was disappointed, adding: "I would really like it if fans would chant in favour of their own side rather than offending the opposition.

"It's self-harming because, in the end, they pay for it too. It is something that we have got to try to eliminate together."

Rather than reducing the frequency of such chants, the FIGC's tough approach -- originally intended to fight racial discrimination -- is having the reverse effect, with fans now apparently intent on showing they believe the regulations to be ridiculous.

The Juve fans chanted that the whole stadium, including the Napoli supporters, should "laugh at themselves" by calling on Mount Vesuvius to wash everybody away.

Usually, references to an eruption of the volcano located near to Naples are made in mockery of the Southern Italians -- but this time the visiting fans applauded their rivals.

However, they retorted by chanting: "Liverpool, Liverpool," evoking the Heysel disaster and attracting a reply of: "We are not Neapolitan" from the Juve faithful, who responded to an announcement reminding them of the regulations by saying they can "do what we like."

The FIGC will rule on the issue at a disciplinary meeting on Monday, with punishments likely to be announced soon afterwards.

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