A group of Juventus ultras have been arrested having threatened to sing racist chants at matches unless they were given cheap tickets to sell to other supporters.
12 ringleaders have been accused of criminal association, aggravated extortion, money laundering and violence, The Times report.
The group allegedly wished to buy cut-price tickets from the club to then sell on for a profit.
The arrests have been made after a year-long probe into the group.
Juventus have previously been fined and forced to play a match behind closed doors for selling tickets to ultras.
The arrests come days after another racist incident in Italian football, which has been marred by discrimination so far this season.
A television channel sacked a commentator, Luciano Passirani, after he said the only way to stop Romely Lukaku, the Inter forward, is to tell him, ‘here are ten bananas you can eat’.
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Lukaku was earlier this season also racially abused by Cagliari fans during a match at the Sardinian club’s Sardegna Arena home.
Inter supporters then came out to back the Cagliari fans, writing in a statement ‘we are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans’.