sport news Mario Balotelli is slammed by his OWN Brescia fans amid racism storm

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Brescia fans have called Mario Balotelli 'arrogant' and backed Hellas Verona supporters amid the racism row between the striker and the Italian side.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward threatened to walk off the pitch when Brescia and Hellas Verona met in Serie A last weekend after disgraceful racist chants were aimed at him.

Balotelli also booted a ball into the crowd as he demonstrated his emotions at the incident.

Brescia fans have called Mario Balotelli 'arrogant' and backed Hellas Verona supporters

Brescia fans have called Mario Balotelli 'arrogant' and backed Hellas Verona supporters

Balotelli accused the Verona fans of racist chanting and was clearly emotional afterwards

Balotelli accused the Verona fans of racist chanting and was clearly emotional afterwards

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker almost walked off the pitch on Sunday

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker almost walked off the pitch on Sunday

While Balotelli had claimed to have heard monkey chants, Verona's mayor and club president Ivan Juric denied any abuse occurred. 

On the other hand, Verona did ban one of their leading ultras, Luca Castellini, for more than 10 years after he said Balotelli 'will never be 100 per cent Italian'.

He also argued: 'We have a n***o in our team and he scored and all of Verona applauded.'

Verona issued a response on the official club website, writing that Castellini's words were 'ideas contrary to the ethical principles and values of our club'. He has been banned until June 2030. 

Hellas Verona have been given a one-game partial stadium ban in response to the incident

Hellas Verona have been given a one-game partial stadium ban in response to the incident

But now the fans from the 29-year-old's hometown club have backed the racist supporters despite them being given a one-game partial stadium ban.

The statement read: 'If Balotelli was not ready psychologically to face the Verona fanbase and, above all, such a delicate match in which our city and our coach – among the most beloved figures – was taking his final chance at saving his job, then he should've said so and left his place to someone less irritable than him.

'None of us would've been upset if he had, quite the contrary.

'The personal declarations of one of the leaders of the Verona Curva cannot justify the witch-hunt sparked by the media and institutions in yet another attempt to criminalise and destroy the entire Ultras world.

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