Juve boss confident of racism-free clash

ROME - Coach Ciro Ferrara said he was confident Juventus fans would not mar Saturday's clash with Inter Milan by racially abusing the visiting Serie A leaders' 19-year-old forward Mario Balotelli.

Third-placed Juve were forced to play a game behind closed doors last season after fans chanted at Balotelli in the corresponding fixture.

The Turin club have appealed to their supporters to behave on Saturday.

"I expect a great setting for the match. I don't want our fans to come across as fans who cause problems. I'm very confident," Ferrara told a news conference on Friday.

Balotelli, who grew up in Italy and is of Ghanaian decent, is not expected to start in Turin.