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Soccer: Prandelli blasts fine on Juve for kids' chant

'Not right for club to pay' says Italy coach

04 December, 13:53
Soccer: Prandelli blasts fine on Juve for kids' chant (ANSA) - Florence, December 4 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Wednesday blasted the decision to fine Serie A leaders Juventus for offensive chants by child supporters in Sunday's 1-0 win over Udinese. The Turin club had allowed the children to take the seats usually occupied by hardcore 'ultra fans after the league had ruled their stadium's end stands be shut off to them for Udinese game because of anti-Neapolitan chants previously.

The kids chanted "you're sh*t" at Udinese keeper Zeljko Brkic every time he took a goal kick, copying a ritual performed by grown-up fans and prompting the league to give Juve a 5,000-euro fine. "A few days ago the children did wrong by imitating adults, but it's not right that Juventus have to pay," Prandelli said.

"Taking 18,000 children to the stadium is a wonderful initiative and it should be repeated. "Obviously, children have to be educated and soccer needs ethics and morality. "We all have to do something to improve it, but the fine on Juventus seemed excessive to me".