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Balotelli leaves the pitch over racial insults

WATCH: Balotelli walks off the pitch after being racially abused

November 3, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Italian footballer later returned to the pitch to complete the game, but a statement had to be read to keep fans from repeating such behavior.

Italian striker Mario Balotelli had to deal with some obnoxious fans, and he came close to leave the game between Hellas Verona and Brescia due to racist chants hurled at him by racist fans. 

Verona was ahead 1-0 after 53 minutes, and as Balotelli earned a corner kick for Brescia, he completely lost his cool, kicking the ball to the stands and directing his rage against a portion of Verona's fans. 

The referee of the game and Verona's players tried to keep Balotelli from walking away from the pitch, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts, as Balotelli was pretty tense about this situation. 

Balotelli walked off the pitch and was eventually convinced of making it back, but he refused to play until a message warning fans about their behavior was read on the stadium's PA system.

Have a look at the incident here (Image might be geo-restricted).

Eventually, Balotelli returned to the pitch and even scored a goal, but he could not help Brescia in their attempt to win the game, which concluded with a 2-1 score for the hosts.


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