Juve stadium appeal rejected

Image: Balotelli: Subject of racial abuse

Juventus will play their next Serie A home match in an empty stadium, the FIGC has confirmed.

Turin-based club will play behind-closed-doors match

Italy's Federal Court of Justice has upheld a ruling ordering Juventus to play their next Serie A home match in an empty stadium. The punishment follows racist insults directed by supporters at Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, an Italian of Ghanaian descent, during the 1-1 draw at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on 18th April. Juventus apologised for the racist abuse and appealed the ruling, but on Tuesday the Italian Football Federation announced the call has been upheld. Juve will now play a behind-closed-doors Serie A fixture versus Lecce on 3rd May.

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