Mario Balotelli strikes back with late goal after Brescia's match at Verona is overshadowed by alleged racist chants

Telegraph Sports 1 month ago

Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field after suffering alleged racist abuse in his side's Serie A match at Verona on Sunday.

Television pictures showed the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward pick up the ball and kick it into the stands before making to leave the pitch in the 54th minute of the match.

He was convinced to remain by team-mates, Verona players and officials before referee Maurizio Mariani initiated the anti-racism protocol.

The game at the Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium was temporarily suspended as Verona led 1-0 while a message was read out by the stadium announcer warning that the match would be abandoned if further racist abuse was to occur.

It was the second time such a protocol has been followed in Serie A this weekend after the match between Roma and Napoli was briefly halted when territorial chants were directed at the Napoli supporters.

Verona extended their lead once play resumed, before Balotelli scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Brescia in the 85th minute.

Ivan Juric, the Verona coach and former Croatia international, later said he did not hear any racist chants. "There was absolutely nothing," he said. "There were a lot of whistles every time he had the ball but not racism. I didn't hear a single [racist chant]."


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