In 2009, Juventus had to play a game behind closed doors after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli following the goal he scored against them for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw. This wasn’t the first or last occasion that this club has had issues with racism though.
Last October they were fined €10,000 for racist chanting in another game against Inter Milan and were dished out a repeat punishment in January this year after Colombian wing-back Pablo Armero and Cape Verde-born Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes were the victims of racist chanting during both the first and second half in a game against Udinese.
Then in March they were fined €20,000 for racists chants aimed at Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari during the Coppa Italia semi-final clash. The following month the club was fined €30,000 for five incidents of racist chanting in a game against Lazio.
The list honestly goes on and on.
Paul Pogba, of Guinean descent, shunned Manchester United’s offer of a contract extension in favour of joining Juventus.
“I am very happy to be here, it is a real honour,” he told Juventus’ official website. “I have been told that there is a very good standard of play and the fans support their favourites. I hope they take me and support me in the same way.”