Juventus fined for children’s insulting chants

Insulting chants by children who were invited by Juventus to

watch a weekend match have earned the club a €5,000 ($7,000)

fine.

The Italian league announced the penalty Tuesday after the young

fans targeted Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic during Sunday’s

match, which Juventus won 1-0.

Kickoff for the match was brought forward to allow more than

12,000 children to fill the stands behind each goal, replacing the

ultras which had been banned for insulting territorial chants

against Napoli.

Other than the sporadic chants, however, the children were on

good behavior and the move was considered a success, meaning they

could be brought back for future matches around the league when

ultras are banned.