Defeated Juventus lash out at supporters

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Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina has lashed out at the club's supporters after the Italian giants fell further into crisis with a humiliating Europa League exit at Fulham last night.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Juve were expected to ease comfortably through to the quarter-finals but they were defeated 4-1 in an astonishing night at Craven Cottage which saw Fabio Cannavaro sent off in the 27th minute.

Zebina was also dismissed in stoppage time and as the French right-back walked off the pitch he put his middle finger up at the travelling fans.

The 31-year-old apologised for that gesture but has urged the fans to back their team.

"I was insulted by about 30 hooligans and racists," he said. "Some came right to England, travelling thousands of kilometres to insult us.

"They started to insult both me and Felipe Melo right from the warm-up and I'm fed up with this situation.

"These people have to stop it, at the end we received more applause from the Fulham fans than from our own.

"I showed the finger, I apologise because it was not a good example for kids. But I was exasperated."

Relations between the club and its fans are at an all-time low following a dismal season.

Coach Ciro Ferrara was sacked in January but his replacement Alberto Zaccheroni has changed little and Juve are fifth in the Serie A table and, following last night's humiliation, out of all cup competitions.