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Juventus hit with partial stadium ban for racist abuse of Inter’s Romelu Lukaku

Serie A giants Juventus have, on Thursday, learned their punishment for the racial abuse directed at Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku earlier in the week.

For those who may have missed it, the latest edition of the Derby d’Italia was marred by ugly scenes in Turin.

This came as a spot-kick finish on the part of the aforementioned Lukaku brought Inter on level terms with the last kick of the game, in the first-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final showdown with arch rivals Juve.

The Belgian, in turn, responded by celebrating in front of, and gesturing towards the home fans inside the stadium.

This kicked into gear utter chaos on the back of the full-time whistle, as all of Lukaku, teammate Samir Handanovic and Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado were shown red cards.

Only post-match, though, did it become widespread knowledge exactly why Lukaku celebrated his leveller in the fashion he did.

In turn, late on Thursday, it should come as little surprise to hear of the Bianconeri being officially sanctioned by the Italian football powers that be.

As per Sky Italia, Massimiliano Allegri’s side will be forced to see out their next home outing with the Tribuna Sud section of the Allianz Stadium closed.

In addition, Juan Cuadrado has been banned for three games, whilst both Lukaku and Handanovic will sit out a one-game suspension.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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