Mario Balotelli accuses Lazio fans of racism - ‘shame on you’

Tanya Simon
January 6, 2020

Mario Balotelli put Brescia 1-0 ahead in the 18th minute at home to Lazio on Sunday, but once again racist chanting marred the match, which the Biancocelesti went on to win 2-1.

"Lazio fans present at the stadium today, shame on you", Balotelli wrote, with the hashtag #saynotoracism.

After a few minutes, the match was resumed and Lazio turned the score around to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from Ciro Immobile.

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Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi frantically gestured towards the supporters to stop, condemning the behaviour of the fans.

Brescia president Massimo Cellino seemed to add fuel to the fire after, in the same month, stating that Balotelli is "black and is working on lightening up, but he is facing troubles".

Lazio released a statement hours after the game.

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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.

Immobile brought his league tally to 19 goals connecting with a Caicedo cross to fire in the injury time victor.

Relegation-threatened Brescia were reduced to 10 men when Andrea Cistana was sent off for a second yellow card after bringing down Felipe Caicedo after 39 minutes.

The capital side also beat Juventus in December to win the Italian Super Cup before the winter break.

Belotti, who also hit the woodwork twice, broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time, smashing Tomas Rincon's pass into the roof of the net and sealed the points with a penalty four minutes from time after Chris Smalling handled the ball in the box.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Genoa secured a first league win since October as Goran Pandev's late victor saw off Sassuolo 2-1.

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