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Soccer: Lazio appeal stand closure for Juve monkey chants

Reversal sought for Serie A opener against Udinese

Soccer: Lazio appeal stand closure for Juve monkey chants

Rome, August 20 - Lazio on Tuesday appealed a soccer judge's closure of its hard-core fans' North Stand in their Serie A opener against Udinese Sunday because of monkey chants against Juventus's black players in their 4-0 loss to Juve in the Super Cup two days ago. A lawyer for the Roman club said they were seeking an "emergency" reversal of the ruling, the minimum mandatory penalty under new anti-racism rules issued in June. Lazio fans racially abused the Serie A champs' France midfielder Paul Pogba; Angelo Ogbonna, an Italy defender of Nigerian descent; and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah. Lazio's team included Angolan-born Belgian Under-21 international Luis Pedro Cavanda and Nigeria's Ogenyi Eddy Onazi.

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