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Hellas Verona have been fined 50,000 euros and given a partial stadium ban by the Italian league as punishment for racist chants directed at AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari during Sunday's Serie A match.
The Ghana international was the target of a section of Hellas supporters during the game the Verona outfit hosted and lost 3-1.
As part of the punishment, Hellas will have the ring of the Curva Sud section of the Marc' Antonio Bentegodi stadium empty for their next home match against Lazio on October 30.
The Lega Serie A said in a statement on Tuesday:
– Hellas Verona statement
Around 3000 local supporters sitting in the Curva sud (South section) of the stadium on two occasions during the first half of the game directed chants of racial discrimination at Sulley Muntari and those were heard in other sections of the stadium.
Lionel Messi showed manager Luis Enrique who's the boss at Barcelona after refusing to be substituted during a league match.
Enrique signalled for Messi to come off after 76 minutes of Saturday's 3-0 win over Eibar, but was forced to replace Neymar instead when Messi made it clear he wouldn't leave the field.
Former Barca star Frank de Boer later said:
"Leo also has great experience so he knows how he is physically. but when the coach says one thing, you have to listen."
Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong has said his rehabilitation from injury will take at least another eight weeks.
De Jong was a £6million arrival from Ajax in the summer but he suffered a major setback almost immediately when he suffered a serious thigh injury just three games into his Magpies career.
The 25-year-old Holland international posted an upbeat message on his Facebook page but admitted he was still a long way from returning.
– Newcastel striker Siem de Jong
On my way back to Newcastle. Just saw the surgeon in London and all looks good.
I can slowly start building up strength again and start walking without crutches. Still a couple of months to go but I'm going to work hard and I'm sure I will get back stronger!
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