AC Milan vs. Udinese Will Be Played Behind Closed Doors Due to Racist Fan Chants
AC Milan have been penalized by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), who allege that a group of the club's supporters engaged in offensive chanting during Sunday's 3-2 loss to Juventus in Turin, Italy.
According to Football Italia, Milan's upcoming Serie A clash with Udinese on Oct. 19 at San Siro will be played "behind closed doors" as punishment for the "insulting" chants from members of the club's fanbase during this past weekend's match.
Milan were also fined €50,000 (around $68,000) after supporters were found guilty by the FIGC of chanting songs of "territorial discrimination" during Sunday's defeat at Juventus Stadium. According to Milan's official website, the club is prepared to appeal the ruling because the federation has "no justification."
However, the fine and penalty surrounding Sunday's incidents appear to be the least of Milan's concerns at the moment. The club has managed to pick up just eight points through seven league matches in 2013-14 and are currently 12th among the 20 clubs in the league table.
Head coach Massimiliano Allegri is on the hot seat as well considering Rossoneri have come up short in their pursuit of the Serie A title in each of their past two campaigns, finishing third behind Juventus and Napoli last season.
The good news for Milan is that star forward Mario Balotelli has served his three-match suspension following an incident against Napoli last month in which he was sent off for berating match officials.
Balotelli has three goals in four Serie A appearances this season and is sure to provide a spark for the club's offense going forward.
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