Serie A comes down hard on Philippe Mexes, AC Milan fans

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Besides the 3-2 loss at Juventus on Sunday, the most recent AC Milan game will have painful repercussions for the Rossoneri for a few weeks. On Monday, the league handed defender Philippe Mexes a four-game suspension and mandated that the club play its next home match behind closed doors.

In the official release, Serie A officials detailed Mexes’ punch to the neck on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, seen upon retroactive review of television footage. Referee Gianluca Rocchi eventually sent Mexes off for two cautionable offenses, but neither he nor his assistants saw Mexes punch Chiellini.

The league decided to suspend Mexes three games for the incident inside the AC Milan penalty area on a corner kick, along with the automatic one-game ban for the red card.

On top of Mexes’ suspension, the league required AC Milan to play one match behind closed doors and pay a €50,000 fine for racist chanting “a few minutes before the start of the match, [and at] the 6th and the 43rd minutes of the second half.” The chants were geographically discriminatory in nature, according to the league release.

Earlier this season, Milan already received punishment for racist chants at a home game and was forced to partially close its stadium. That happened at a 2-1 home loss to Napoli on Sept. 22, in which Mario Balotelli was also sent off and handed a three-game suspension afterward.