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Monday April 22 2013
Juventus release anti-racism statement

Juventus have reacted to the news that they have been fined €30,000 after a section of their supporters racially abused Kevin-Prince Boateng.

A group of fans were heard chanting at the Rossoneri midfielder during Sunday's Serie A clash.

But the Bianconeri have insisted that they entirely against any type of discrimination.

A statement on their official website read: “Juventus Football Club reminds its fans and the media that it is heavily involved in projects dedicated to integration and is against any form of racism or discrimination. In fact, the club works very closely with the UNESCO Centre in Turin and, with the support of UNESCO, has conducted its third edition of 'Un calcio al razzismo' (Kick Out Racism), and its first edition of 'Gioca con me' (Play with me). Both projects took place on Thursday 21 March in celebration of the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”.

“The club’s stance is reiterated before every home match. This commitment cannot therefore be up for debate simply because of the actions of single or groups of spectators which are highlighted by the intense media attention that football receives. Such behaviour does not represent the position of the club, its millions of fans or even the vast majority of spectators at Juventus Stadium, which is something unique in Italian football.

“This statement is not in any way intended to contest the decision of the sporting judge, on the contrary, it has to be interpreted as support, because such behaviour at Juventus Stadium should also be punished elsewhere with the same accuracy and co-operation from clubs.”

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