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Lazio ordered to close stand due to racist chants

LaziofansLazio have been ordered to close the north stand of the Olympic Stadium for Sunday’s visit of Udinese after being found guilty of racist chanting towards Juventus players in the Supercoppa final.

Paul Pogba, Angelo Ogbonna and Kwadwo Asamoah were all targeted during Lazio’s 4-0 loss at the weekend.

Unbelievably this is the FIFTH time that Lazio fans have been found guilty of racist behaviour in the last 12 months.

In February, the Rome club were ordered by UEFA to play their next two home European games behind closed doors following crowd trouble.

They were also fined £120,000 by Uefa following racist chanting in a Europa League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

“(Lazio) are obliged to play one game with the ‘Curva Nord’ closed to spectators,” said a statement published on Serie A’s official website.

“Fans from the nominated stand directed racially discriminatory chants to three opposition players between the 16th and 28th minutes of the first half and the 20th to 43rd minutes of the second half.”

Both Lazio and Juventus were also handed additional €5,000 (£4,300) fines after supporters from both clubs were seen throwing smoke grenades and lighters on to the pitch during Sunday’s traditional season opener between the previous campaign’s league and Coppa Italia winners.