Home game ban for Torino


ROME: Struggling Torino have been banned from playing at home for five matches by Italy's football league after last weekend's riot by irate fans of the Serie A club forced their match against AC Milan to be abandoned. 

All the points from Saturday's match will be awarded to Milan, who were leading 3-0 when play was stopped at the Stadio Delle Alpi, a league spokesman said on Tuesday. 

The decision means third-placed Milan now have 46 points from 22 matches and are just two points behind joint leaders Juventus and Inter Milan. Torino remain second-from-bottom in the 18-team standings with 13 points from 22 games. 

Supporters of the Turin-based club, nicknamed 'The Bulls', showed their brutish side at the weekend when a full-scale riot broke out in one of the Stadio Delle Alpi's stands and Torino fans ploughed onto the athletics track around the field. 

Fans clashed with police, who used tear-gas to subdue them. The fumes began to affect the players on the pitch and the game was stopped in the 64th minute. 

It was the second Serie A clash to be halted this season. 

In December, Como's game against Udinese was abandoned because of fan violence with the home side banned from playing at their stadium for four games. 

Torino share the Stadio Delle Alpi with their more famous city rivals Juventus. – Reuters 

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