Roma fined after racist chants towards Balotelli

The Italian club's fans aimed abuse at the AC Milan striker during Sunday's briefly suspended encounter at San Siro and Serie A has fined the capital-city outfit
Roma have been fined €50,000 (£42,200) by the Italian authorities after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli during Sunday's clash with AC Milan.

The referee had to stop the game just after the start of the second half after a chorus of abusive chants were aimed at the Italy striker.

"A fine of €50,000 with a warning for Roma, whose supporters continuously addressed racially discriminatory chants to players of the opposing team, prompting the referee to suspend the game for two minutes in order to make them desist from such reprehensible behaviour," a statement from Serie A read.

The Giallorossi, meanwhile, have warned their fans of their future conduct after the incident, insisting that the behaviour had no place in football.

"Roma condemn any form of racial abuse," began a statement on the club's official website.

"This type of behaviour from any football supporters, including ours, is completely unacceptable. We are committed to facing this issue head-on to rid our sport of this problem and promote respect for all."

The match at San Siro eventually finished 0-0, with Sulley Muntari and Francesco Totti both receiving red cards.