It’s was another ugly weekend in Italy.
On Sunday afternoon, Verona hosted Brescia in a clash that seemed unlikely to make headlines.
That was until the home fans started racially abusing Brescia’s Mario Balotelli.
After hearing the abuse, Balotelli picked up the ball and booted it towards a section of home supporters.
He then threatened to walk off the pitch before he was encouraged to continue playing by his teammates.
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Remarkably, Balotelli was initially booked for unsportsmanlike conduct before the referee withdraw that.
Ballotelli did hit back at the racists with a terrific goal late on but it only served as a consolation as Brescia lost 2-1.
After the match, Verona did everything they could to protest their innocence.
In fact, one Verona fan posted some fan footage that attempted to show that there were no racist chants against Balotelli.
It backfired massively as everyone pointed out that you could clearly hear monkey chants when Balotelli had the ball before they all started cheering and laughing when he booted the ball into the crowd.
Perhaps even worse was the fact Verona’s manager came out at full-time and insisted he didn’t hear any racist chants.
"I am not afraid to say there were no racist chants today," Ivan Juric said.
"They might have jeered and mocked the great player, but there was nothing there.
"You can ask him, there was nothing there. I am disgusted by racist abuse and I will be the first to condemn it when it happens, but this was not it."News Now - Sport News