Hellas Verona fans have been accused of racially abusing Mario Balotelli and causing the referee to temporarily halt the game.
In the second half of the Serie A game between Hellas Verona and Brescia, Mario Balotelli had to be calmed down by teammates and convinced not to leave the field of play.
This was following alleged racial abuse from the home fans.
The player claimed to have heard racial abuse from the fans and reacted angrily to it.
The referee apparently agreed with the Italian frontman, as he brought the game to an abrupt temporary suspension.
According to league protocol, in light of such behavior, the officials should stop proceedings.
Then the home team is required to make announcements to the fans outlining the potential consequences of such abuse continues.
According to Football Italia, Brescia manager Eugenio Corini fully supported Balotelli and the officials in the stand that was taken.
He was pleased with the show of solidarity and support from teammates.
“Mario is a good lad. He heard something from the stands and his teammates did well to reassure him.”
“The referee also read the situation well by temporarily suspending the game.”
“From there on, the match became more difficult and it was played in a strange atmosphere, but we thought we’d done enough to balance it out.”
Balotelli did manage to get on the score sheet, but it wasn’t enough as his team fell to a 2-1 defeat to Verona.
Corini felt his team deserved more, as Verona offered very little on the night.
“These were two teams who faced off openly and it was a hard-fought encounter.”
“We did a little more in the first half and Verona only opened the scoring on a corner.”
“I liked our reaction after going 2-0 down because it was not easy to keep our heads in the game at that point.”
“We came very close to an equalizer and there are regrets at emerging empty-handed.”
“We knew Verona were dangerous on set plays and that’s the regret, as they created very little otherwise.”
The defeat makes it four games without a win for Balotelli’s Brescia side. They are now in the relegation zone, four points from safety.
— Brescia Calcio BSFC (@BresciaOfficial) November 3, 2019