Verona Handed Partial Stadium Ban for Racist Chants

Italian outfit Hellas Verona are to play their next home Serie A match with one end of their stadium closed following racist chants directed at AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari during Sunday’s league match.

Verona have also been handed a £50, 000 fine.

The Ghana international was the target by a section of Hellas supporters during the game which the Verona club host lost 3-1.

Hellas Verona Get Partial Stadium Closure. Image: Getty.
Hellas Verona Get Partial Stadium Closure. Image: Getty.

The Lega Serie A said in a statement on Tuesday: “Around 3000 local supporters sitting in the Curva sud (South section) of the stadium on two occasions during the first half of the game directed chants of racial discrimination at Sulley Muntari and those were heard in other sections of the stadium.”

As part of the sanction, part of the Curva Sud section of the Marc’ Antonio Bentegodi Stadium will be deserted for Hellas’ next home match against Lazio on 30 October.

Inter Milan have been fined £30, 000 for discriminatory chants aimed at Napoli fans during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Napoli at the Estadio Guiseppe Meaza.

Meanwhile, Juventus will be without Italian midfielder Simone Padoin for the league match against Palermo on Sunday. Padoin has been handed a one-match ban for insulting officials during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sassuolo.