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Soccer: Roma end stands closed over anti-Neapolitano chants

Measure to hit Serie A home matches against Sampdoria, Inter

06 February, 14:01
Soccer: Roma end stands closed over anti-Neapolitano chants (ANSA) - Rome, February 6 - Italian soccer's sporting judge on Thursday ruled that the two end stands of Rome's Stadio Olimpico should be closed for AS Roma's next two home games due to anti-Neapolitan chants by fans.

The chants took place during Roma's 3-2 win over Napoli in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

They incurred a suspended punishment following similar chants in Roma's 2-0 home win over Napoli in Serie A in October.

The stands will be closed for Roma's matches against Sampdoria on February 16 and against Inter Milan on March 2. Roma are second in Serie A, six points behind Inter Milan. The punishment is part of Italian soccer's new regime of tough measures to stamp out racism, which has dogged the game here for many years, and so-called regional discrimination.

Followers of many clubs, including Napoli, have rebelled against the punishment of regional discrimination, saying it targets the leg-pulling that is a traditional part of Italian soccer.