Juve hit with fine
Juventus have been fined 10,000 euros after their fans sang racist chants and let off fireworks.
Last Updated: 22/12/09 2:44pm
Juventus have been fined 10,000 euros after their fans sang racist chants and let off fireworks in Sunday's defeat to Catania.
A small section of supporters sang 'there are no black Italians', the same chant that resulted in a stadium ban last season when directed at Inter Milan forward Mario Balotelli, an Italian of Ghanaian descent.
Juve may have feared a similar punishment but the Italian league has been more lenient on this occasion due to the club's attempts to prevent such episodes taking place
"During the game Juventus supporters briefly sang offensive chants regarding another team's player on three occasions, as well as letting off firecrackers in their sector," read an official statement.
The Italian media have speculated that the fans responsible for the chants on Sunday may have been seeking to deliberately harm the club in anger at their poor form.
Juve have fallen nine points behind Serie A leaders Inter Milan, while they are also out of the UEFA Champions League.
Juve midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, meanwhile, will be out for two months with a thigh injury.
There had been fears that he could miss the World Cup after picking up the problem in the recent 3-1 defeat at Bari.
However, a scan has shown that he should be able to return to action in February.
"The player is feeling better, he's walking without crutches," said a Juve statement on their official website.
"The prognostic is a period of two months and the club's medical staff are optimistic about his period of recuperation."