Juve ordered to play behind closed doors

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The Italian club will have to play a home game behind closed doors after fans racially abused the Internazionale striker Mario Balotelli in Saturday's 1-1 Serie A draw, the Italian league said yesterday. The 18-year-old scored Inter's opener in the top-of-the-table match and was subjected to chants of "a black Italian does not exist" from sections of the Juve crowd in Turin. Balotelli, an Italy Under-21 international, was born in Palermo but is of Ghanaian descent. Racist abuse is not uncommon in Italian football, but the seriousness of these incidents has prompted the authorities to come down heavily on Juve.