Juventus fined for banner offending crash victims

Juventus has been fined ?10,000 ($13,000) after its fans

unveiled an offensive banner during the 3-0 derby win over Torino

that referred to the 1949 plane crash that wiped out nearly the

entire ”Grande Torino” squad.

The huge banner read – in translation – ”We of Turin pride and

glory, you just a crash.”

The crash occurred in May 1949 as Torino was winning its fifth

straight Serie A title. It hasn’t won since.

Former Italy international Sandro Mazzola, whose father was

killed in the crash, said Saturday’s incident was ”a sign that we

are in a country that has fallen to a real low point – in every

aspect.”

Meanwhile, Torino was fined ?25,000 ($32,500) after its fans

destroyed seats and wash rooms inside the year-old Juventus

Stadium.