Serie A: Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatens to leave field after being subjected to racist chants by Hellas Verona fans

  • Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday

  • Visibly upset, Balotelli kicked a ball toward the stands to vent his frustration at the monkey chants

  • Balotelli, who is black, was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants. He has represented Italy's national team

Verona: Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday.

 Serie A: Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatens to leave field after being subjected to racist chants by Hellas Verona fans

Mario Balotelli remonstrates with Brescia coach Eugenio Corini after being subjected to racist chants. AP

Visibly upset, Balotelli kicked a ball toward the stands to vent his frustration at the monkey chants.

Brescia teammates and Verona players went over to embrace Balotelli and persuaded him to stay as the referee ordered a warning to be read out over the stadium's public address system.

The match was suspended for several minutes with Verona leading 1-0 at the time before it resumed.

It was the second time this weekend that a Serie A game was suspended for offensive chants, after Roma supporters aimed anti-territorial chants at Napoli on Saturday.

Balotelli, who is black, was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants. He has represented Italy's national team. He recently returned to Serie A after several seasons in France.

Verona went 2-0 ahead before Balotelli scored for Brescia as the game ended 2-1.

Updated Date: Nov 03, 2019 22:07:39 IST