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Nov 26, 2013

Juventus open closed stands to children

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte was proud of his side's determination in their 2-0 victory away at Livorno in Serie A on Sunday.

Serie A officials have given Juventus permission to open stands closed for two games after the club's fans were found guilty of "chants of a geographically discriminatory nature" so thousands of children can watch the Dec. 1 game against Udinese.

• Juve stands to be closed
Chief condemns chants

The Serie A leaders were ordered to close both the Curva Sud and the Curva Nord after repeated chants in recent league matches.

Persistent discriminatory chanting -- much of it done ironically as a protest against the controversial rule -- during the 3-0 win over Napoli led to a suspended sentence being activated.

The areas of the ground that usually accommodate the club's most fanatical supporters will instead be opened up to 6,400 children from local schools and football clubs, with the game's kick-off brought forward from 20.45 to 18.30.

"It is going to be a special Sunday and, in its own way, a historic one when Juventus play Udinese," the club's official website said.

"The Juventus Stadium will welcome 6,400 children from elementary and secondary schools, and football schools and academies."

As part of the initiative, educational activities intended to teach children fairness and the correct way to support a club will be organised. Talks aimed at eliminating territorial and racial discrimination will also be held.

Tickets will be distributed free of charge to schools who make a request over the coming days and children from football schools and academies will be accommodated in the Curva Sud, with elementary and secondary school pupils taking their place at the other end of the stadium.

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