Previous
Germany
Finland
6:45 PM UTC Aug 31, 2016
Game Details
Republic of Ireland
Oman
6:45 PM UTC Aug 31, 2016
Game Details
Belgium
Spain
6:45 PM UTC Sep 1, 2016
Game Details
Netherlands
Greece
6:45 PM UTC Sep 1, 2016
Game Details
Italy
France
7:00 PM UTC Sep 1, 2016
Game Details
Ecuador
Brazil
9:00 PM UTC Sep 1, 2016
Game Details
Argentina
Uruguay
11:30 PM UTC Sep 1, 2016
Game Details
Next

Albrighton signs new Leicester contract

Leicester
Read

Costa: I won't change my style for Spain

Spain
Read

Watford re-sign defender Mariappa

Watford
Read

Juve stand closed for one match after racist chants

Juventus have been ordered to close a stand for next week's home Serie A match against AS Roma after some of their fans sang a racist chant in Wednesday's Italian Cup win over Napoli.

The 'Curva Sud' (south end stand) will be shut after fans occupying that area of Juve's stadium "directed a chant formed of expressions of racial discrimination at another team's player" in the 3-0 victory, the Italian Soccer League said in a statement on Friday.

A group of the Turin club's fans sang "there are no black Italians", a chant that cost them a stadium ban last season when directed at Inter Milan forward Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli, an Italy Under-21 forward of Ghanaian descent, is frequently the victim of abuse from fans of Juventus and other teams.

The league's sporting judge said he had taken account of the fact that the chant came from only one section of the ground and was not repeated.

He said Juventus's cooperation with the authorities to prevent such episodes taking place was also considered when deciding the punishment.

Italian media reported that if fans from the 'Curva Sud' buy tickets for the opposite end of Turin's Stadio Olimpico there is a risk they could clash violently with rival followers of the same team.

Racism is a major problem in Italian football and a number of clubs have been fined recently for offensive chants.

Juventus were fined 10,000 euros when their supporters sang the "no black Italians" chant at a game last month.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.