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Sunday 13 July 2014

Racist chants delay Roma clash

Published 13/05/2013|04:00

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AC Milan, needing a win to clinch a Champions League playoff place, had Sulley Muntari sent off in the first half before drawing 0-0 at home with AS Roma last night in a match interrupted by racist behaviour from visiting fans.

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Muntari was booked and then sent off in the 41st minute of an unsavoury match for grabbing the referee's arm as Milan players protested against a decision.

The game was stopped early in the second half after Roma fans jeered Milan striker Mario Balotelli. A warning was issued over the public address system and play resumed.

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti was dismissed in stoppage time for elbowing.

The result left third-placed Milan two points clear of Fiorentina, who earlier defeated Palermo 1-0 and condemned the Sicilians to Serie B next season.

In Spain, Barcelona celebrated clinching the La Liga title with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid thanks to an own goal by Gabi. Lionel Messi, however, suffered a recurrance of his hamstring injury.

Elsewhere a stoppage-time goal from Kelvin handed Porto a 2-1 win over Benfica that gives them a one-point lead over their Lisbon rivals.

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