‘Shame on you’: Balotelli slams Lazio fans for racist abuse

Serie A football match was halted for a few minutes to ask Lazio fans to stop racist abuse.

Balotelli was singled out by Lazio fans for abuse all match with other offensive chants against him and his family [Daniele Mascolo/Reuters]
Balotelli was singled out by Lazio fans for abuse all match with other offensive chants against him and his family [Daniele Mascolo/Reuters]

Mario Balotelli slammed Lazio fans after the Italian forward was once again the target of racist chants in Brescia’s 2-1 home defeat on Sunday.

The Serie A football match was halted for a few minutes shortly after the half-hour mark and an announcement was made on the stadium’s tannoy system, while Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi wildly gesticulated to the visiting fans to stop.

Brescia was leading 1-0 at the time following a goal by Balotelli, who had also been subjected to racial abuse earlier in the match.

Balotelli posted a video of his goal on Instagram after the match and wrote: “Lazio fans that were today at the stadium SHAME ON YOU!”

The 29-year-old Balotelli was singled out by Lazio fans for abuse all match with other offensive chants, that were not specifically racist, against him and his family.

Balotelli was also the target of racial abuse in November. He threatened to walk off the pitch during a match in Verona. 

Racism has been a problem all season in Italy with offensive chants aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique, Miralem Pjanic, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalidou Koulibaly as well as Balotelli.

All of the players targeted – except for Pjanic, who is Bosnian – are black, and many of the incidents have gone unpunished.

In September, FIFA President Gianni Infantino urged Italian football authorities to hand out stadium bans for supporters guilty of racism after an incident in a Serie A match between Atalanta and Fiorentina.

Source : News Agencies

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