Video: Juventus coach pleads with fans after flare attack sees Serie 'A' match suspended

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Tempers flared in Italy last night as Juventus' Serie 'A' title triumph was marred by crowd trouble in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Atalanta, after opposition fans threw flares at each other, prompting the match to be suspended for 10 minutes.

The Bianconeri were in action for the first time since being crowned domestic champions following their victory against Palermo on Sunday, and showed no signs of a hangover from their Scudetto celebrations as Alessandro Matri's first-half goal made it nine wins in a row for Antonio Conte's side.

But, in a relatively uneventful affair at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, it was an incident off the pitch that dominated the headlines, after supporters in the stands began throwing fireworks and smoke bombs, forcing the referee to stop the game.

The wild altercation prompted Conte and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini to make frantic appeals to their own supporters to calm down and restore order in the stands.

After play resumed, it was Atalanta who came closest to scoring after German Denis was denied by a post after capitalising on a mistake by Juve defender Martin Caceres.

In the second-half the hosts were denied a late penalty when the referee adjudged substitute Federico Peluso not to have handled in the box, leaving Juventus to claim all three points.

Despite the loss, Atalanta players and fans will have not been too disappointed after results elsewhere preserved the club's top-flight status for another year.

Watch footage of Antonio Conte appealing to the Juventus supporters in the video below, and feel free to leave a comment about the state of the Italian game in the message box provided!


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