Juventus fined €5,000 for young fans' abuse of Brkic

The Serie A champions have been punished after a stand full of schoolchildren were caught shouting abuse at the Serbia international

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) disciplinary committee has fined Juventus €5,000 after young supporters were found to have shouted abuse at Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic during Sunday's Serie A clash in Turin.

Ultras had been banned from attending the game at Juventus Stadium because of discriminatory chants directed towards Napoli fans last month but, instead of playing the game against the Zebrette behind closed doors, the Bianconeri invited 12,000 schoolchildren into the ground.

However, the move backfired, with the FIGC acting after Brkic was targeted by fans during Juve's 1-0 win over Udinese.

A statement from the Serie A read: "Juventus have been fined €5,000 for their very young supporters having repeatedly insulted a player of a rival team."

Juventus, who are currently top of Serie A, clinched a dramatic victory thanks to Fernando Llorente’s stoppage-time winner.