Lazio's Curva Nord shut after racist chants against Juve

ROME Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:45pm BST

Juventus' Paul Labile Pogba (L) celebrates with his teammates Leonardo Bonucci (C) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (R) after scoring against Lazio during their Italian Super Cup at the Olympic stadium in Rome August 18, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Juventus' Paul Labile Pogba (L) celebrates with his teammates Leonardo Bonucci (C) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (R) after scoring against Lazio during their Italian Super Cup at the Olympic stadium in Rome August 18, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

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ROME (Reuters) - An Italian sporting court ordered Lazio on Monday to shut the notorious Curva Nord section of the ground for one game following racist chants aimed at Juventus players during the Super Cup at the weekend.

The Curva Nord is the area behind the north goal in Rome's Olympic Stadium.

Lazio lost 4-0 to Juve on Sunday in a rout sparked by a goal from Paul Pogba, a French midfielder.

Spectators had been warned about racist chanting over the stadium loudspeaker during the game.

According to local media the chants were aimed at Pogba, Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and defender Angelo Ogbonna.

Italian football has been plagued by racist discrimination and it shows no sign of being eradicated despite renewed efforts by the authorities.

(Reporting by Naomi O'Leary and Steve Scherer; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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