Balotelli threatened to go away the pitch throughout his aspect’s 2-1 loss, selecting up the ball within the second half and kicking it in direction of the followers that have been directing monkey chants at him.
The 29-year-old needed to be consoled by his Brescia teammates and opposition gamers, who ultimately persuaded him to proceed enjoying.
However the Brescia 1911-Ex Curva Nord, a fringe extremely group, have criticized their very own participant and labeled him boastful.
“The truth that he lives in Brescia and wears our jersey, nevertheless, doesn’t increase him above all the pieces and everybody and the vanity that appears to shine by means of him on a regular basis will not be justifiable, particularly while you put on it on the pitch and it turns into a trigger for destabilization for the staff and pressure and embarrassment for the followers,” the assertion reads.
Brescia is second from backside in Serie A and in a relegation battle to remain in Italian soccer’s high flight. The membership’s coach Eugenio Corini was sacked after the Verona defeat and was changed by Fabio Grosso
“If he was not psychologically able to face supporters like these in Verona and — above all — a fragile recreation as that of final Sunday, through which a metropolis (Brescia) performed to remain in Serie A and supervisor — who’s among the many most beloved of all — was enjoying his final probability, he needed to say it aloud and provides strategy to somebody much less nervous than himself; no one would have been p****d off, quite the opposite,” added the Brescia 1911-Ex Curva Nord assertion.
“This clearly doesn’t imply that some chants are legit and acceptable, however neither that Verona followers are all racists and that the Verona curva is a form of KKK den, as some would make folks imagine (that is additionally demonstrated by the truth that to ‘critically’ provoke Balotelli have been only some followers, additionally not linked to the primary chants of the curva).”
Brescia was not instantly obtainable for remark when contacted by CNN.
The identical day, Verona confirmed that it had banned the top of the membership’s Ultras Supporters Group, Luca Castellini, from all its matches till June 30, 2030 for “issues and expressions totally opposite to the moral rules and values of this membership.”
In an interview with Radio Cafe on Monday, Castellini stated that Verona followers have been merely being “irreverent” and that Balotelli may by no means be thought-about utterly Italian.
In reference to Castellini’s interview, the Brescia 1911-Ex Curva Nord stated they’re “extraordinarily satisfied Balotelli is Italian in all respects and, so far as we’re involved, even Brescian,” earlier than persevering with their criticism of him.
“He has at all times proven his ardour for Milan … however he should persuade himself of 1 factor: exactly as a result of he performs in Brescia, as a Brescian his dedication to the trigger and his dedication should be equal — and even larger — than these of his companions (who amongst different issues should not search forgiveness for a previous to say the least … excessive),” the assertion continued.
“No one has put stress on him, so the nervousness that grips him and turns him negatively each time he goes into the pitch (not solely in Verona) is unjustified, no less than for us.”
Earlier this week Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, publicly condemned the abuse however had no further remark when contacted by CNN.
After the incident, Verona’s supervisor Ivan Juric, membership president Maurizio Setti and the town mayor all denied the racist abuse happened.
Nonetheless, Italian sports activities newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported monitor from Italy’s soccer federation was on the recreation and heard the abuse coming from round 15 followers.
But Brescia 1911-Ex Curva Nord additionally downplayed the incident as merely “provocative feedback.”
“It was not the primary time Balotelli performed in Verona and having seen his previous within the ranks of Inter and Milan, he knew effectively the Verona followers and the worth of a derby recreation,” the assertion learn. So for higher or for worse, he additionally knew what he may face.
“Furthermore, we have affirmation that the provocations in opposition to him have been actually marginal (he even publicly admitted it) and we all know very effectively how a lot the Verona followers can fall into making provocative feedback (in spite of everything, rightly or wrongly, they’ve at all times prided himself of this peculiarity).”