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Udinese to play behind closed doors after racist abuse towards Maignan

Udinese have been ordered to play one match behind closed doors after AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan was racially abused during a Serie A match on Saturday.

The sanction has been imposed by the league's sports judge, Gerardo Mastrandrea.

The judgement states the one-match stadium closure was the minimum sanction that could have been imposed, and was chosen to reflect Udinese's active stance and willingness right from the start to identify those responsible.

A man suspected of shouting racist abuse at Maignan has been banned from every football stadium in Italy for five years.

In addition to the nationwide sanction imposed by the Udine Public Prosecutor's office, Udinese has banned him from its Bluenergy Stadium for life.

Police are looking at CCTV and social media to try to identify any others who may have been involved.

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