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Lazio fined just £17,000 and avoid stadium closure after fans targeted Mario Balotelli with racist chanting during Serie A match with Brescia Brescia's game with Lazio was halted for a stadium announcement to be made  Mario Balotelli was targeted and reported the chants to the match referee Balotelli scored in the match but Lazio won the Serie A encounter 2-1 

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Published: 15:10 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 15:10 GMT, 8 January 2020

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Lazio have been fined 20,000 euros (£17,000) but avoided a stadium closure - temporarily, at least - on Wednesday in punishment for fans targeted Brescia striker Mario Balotelli with racist chants.

Serie A judge Gerardo Mastrandrea requested that further details on the case be handled by the Italian football federation prosecutor to determine exactly where in the stadium the chants came from, and to what extent Lazio collaborates in terms of identifying those responsible, before possible further punishment.

Sunday's game was halted for a few minutes shortly after the half-hour mark and an announcement to stop the chants was made to fans at the stadium in Brescia.

Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist taunts from Lazio fans in a Serie A games last Sunday

Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist taunts from Lazio fans in a Serie A games last Sunday 

Brescia striker Balotelli spoke to referee Gianluca Manganiello about the chanting

Brescia striker Balotelli spoke to referee Gianluca Manganiello about the chanting 

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