Champions League: UEFA opens probe into ‘discriminatory behavior’ from Juventus fans against PSG

UEFA open probe into ‘discriminatory behaviour’ from Juventus fans after they appeared to direct Nazi salutes and monkey gestures towards PSG supporters… with ‘four people detained by Paris police’ following the Champions League clash

  • PSG beat Juventus 2-1 on Tuesday night in their Champions League opener
  • The Group H match was overshadowed by Juventus fans’ behavior
  • They allegedly performed Nazi salutes and monkey gestures towards PSG fans
  • UEFA rules stipulate Juventus are responsible for the behavior of their fans

UEFA and French police have launched an investigation after Juventus fans appeared to direct Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at Paris Saint-Germain supporters.

The two sides met on Tuesday night in the Champions League, with the Ligue 1 champions winning 2-1 thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s double.

But the Group H match was somewhat overshadowed afterwards footage emerged seemingly showing some Juventus fans directing what appeared to be Nazi salutes towards the home supporters.

The discriminatory and unsavory gestures were also seemingly accompanied by both monkey noises and imitations. The Associated Press reported that four people have been arrested by the police in Paris.

UEFA said in a statement after the game: ‘In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding allegations of discriminatory behavior by Juventus supporters at the 2022/ 23 UEFA Champions League group stage match between Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus played on September 6 in France.’

The statement ended by saying information on the matter ‘will be made available in due course’.

UEFA rules stipulate Juventus are responsible for the behavior of their fans whether they are playing at home or away.

UEFA have launched an investigation after Juventus fans appeared to direct Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at PSG supporters

UEFA have launched an investigation after Juventus fans appeared to direct Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at PSG supporters

A group of Juventus fans directed what appeared to be Nazi salutes towards PSG supporters

A fan in a white shirt looked to make monkey noises and impressions towards home supporters

And the opening of an investigation increases the chances of the Serie A giants facing punishment from UEFA, which could include a partial or full stadium closure for a Champions League fixture and a fine.

The club themselves have not made any public comment on the allegations.

Fans performing Nazi salutes at stadiums has not been uncommon so far this calendar year.

In April, Atletico Madrid were charged with discriminatory behavior in relation to the conduct of their fans during the first leg of the club’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

PSG won the Group H Champions League fixture thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappe

PSG won the Group H Champions League fixture thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappe

UEFA rules stipulate Juventus are responsible for the behavior of their fans regardless of location

UEFA rules stipulate Juventus are responsible for the behavior of their fans regardless of location

Supporters of the Spanish side were caught on camera performing Nazi salutes in Atletico’s 0-0 stalemate with the Premier League champions.

A month later, two Burnley supporters were arrested after social media footage showed them directing the same gesture towards Spurs fans during their 1-0 defeat by Tottenham.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the two men were arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense.

Juventus’ next Champions League fixture takes place on Wednesday when they welcome Benfica to the Allianz Stadium, while PSG face a trip to Israel to take on Maccabi Haifa.

Potential punishments if found guilty could include a partial or full stadium closure for a Champions League fixture

Potential punishments if found guilty could include a partial or full stadium closure for a Champions League fixture

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