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MOMENT MARIO BALOTELLI THREATENED TO WALK OFF THE PITCH AFTER BEING RACIALLY ABUSED BY FANS (VIDEO)

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Joseph Omoniyi

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Play was suspended during a Serie-A game after Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 29, picked up the ball in the 54th minute, kicked the ball into the crowd and threatened to walk off the pitch following racist abuse during Brescia’s defeat by Hellas Verona.

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Brescia team-mates and the officials persuaded him to stay on the field.

Balotelli later took to Instagram to share a video of some supporters making the racist chants.

He also wrote; “The ‘people’ of this curva who made the monkey chants. Shame on you, shame on you, shame on you.”

“In front of your children, wives, relatives, parents, friends and acquaintances… shame.

“Thanks to all the colleagues on the field and off for the solidarity I had with me, and all the messages received from you fans.

“Thank you very much. You have proven to be true men not like those who deny the evidence. #notoracism.”

After Balotelli had been persuaded to stay on the pitch, referee Maurizio Mariani initiated the anti-racism protocol.

An announcement warned fans that further abuse would lead to the game being abandoned.

Balotelli played the full match and scored a sublime goal in the 85th minute, though his side were unable to find a late equaliser.

See video below:

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