Mario Balotelli is slammed by his OWN Brescia fans amid racism storm
Nov. 08, 2019
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.
While Balotelli had claimed to have heard monkey chants, Verona's mayor and club president Ivan Juric denied any abuse occurred.
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.
'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.
'This does not mean that certain chants are legitimate or acceptable, but nor are all Verona fans racists and the Verona Curva some sort of KKK coven.
'Entire fanbases cannot be considered racist, but racism does exist and it is often used to create mass panic in public opinion.
'This unconventional language is used more and more by public and political figures, but of course nobody would think of banning them because of some code of ethics.
'We have absolutely no doubts that Balotelli is to all intents Italian, and even a Bresciano, but the arrogance that he continually gives off is unjustifiable.
'The notorious 'Balotellate' antics are now all too well known.
'What matters more to us are the spirit of sacrifice, passion respect, motivation and sweating for the shirt, concepts that seem to be entirely unknown to him.
'We condemn any gesture or provocation that is clearly hostile and discriminatory, but, we also want to give our solidarity to those who once again saw their liberty destroyed.
'This time it wasn't even by the authorities, who considered his behaviour not that serious, but by his own club.'
It is not the first time a player's fans have backed the racists rather than their man — Inter Milan's ultras had a similar explanation when Romelu Lukaku claimed to be racially abused by Cagliari supporters.
They suggested he should take it as a 'compliment' and that it just demonstrated Cagliari fans were scared of him.