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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 17:25 GMT
Torino handed ban
Torino fans clash with police
Torino were punished for their fans' actions
Torino has been banned from playing its next five matches at home due to its fans' violent behavior, the Italian soccer league announced on Tuesday.

The league also awarded AC Milan a 3-0 victory in the teams' match Saturday night, which was suspended in the 63rd minute after a large group of fans confronted police.

The scene at Turin's Stadio Delle Alpi provoked national outrage and led to several arrests.

Angry at their team's poor performance, dozens of angry Torino fans ripped out seats from the stands and hurled them onto the track ringing the field.

The fans then tried to force their way onto the field by smashing Plexiglas panels separating them from the playing area.

Police, armed with shields and batons, charged and fired tear gas to disperse the attacks, leading to the suspension of the match with Milan leading 3-0.

It had not been decided yet where Torino will play during the suspension.

Fellow Serie A club Como was hit with a four-match homefield suspension for fan violence earlier this season.





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