Juventus have been ordered to pay a €30,000 fine after AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was racially abused by fans during a league clash at the weekend.
The Ghanaian midfielder was targeted for jeers and taunted with offensive chants by home supporters during the warm-up, before a game in which Arturo Vidal's penalty was enough to give Juventus a fifth successive victory in Turin.
The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster notably walked off the pitch after receiving racist abuse from fans of lower league side Pro Patria in January.
Boateng, now a leading contributor to the anti-racism campaign in Italy, responded by putting his finger to his lips.
The Serie A disciplinary board released this statement: “A fine of 30,000 euros is issued to Juventus because fans, in the 26th minute of the first half, directed expressions of racial discrimination towards an opposition player.
“In the second minute of the second half there were insulting chants directed at an opposition player not deployed on the field.
“Finally, between the 38th and 41st minutes of the first half, a large banner was unfurled displaying outrageous content.”
Meanwhile, the Bianconeri have released a statement relaying their disgust at the actions of a minority of the crowd.
"Juventus Football Club reminds its fans and the media that it is heavily involved in projects dedicated to integration and is against any form of racism or discrimination," read a prominent message on the Italian club's official website.
"Such behaviour does not represent the position of the club, its millions of fans or even the vast majority of spectators at Juventus Stadium, which is something unique in Italian football.
"This statement is not in any way intended to contest the decision of the sporting judge."
Antonio Conte's team have been top of the Serie A table since August and currently lead second-placed Napoli by 11 points, who in turn are six ahead of AC Milan.
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