Saturday June 6 2020
Lopez: 'Balotelli let Brescia down'

Brescia boss Diego Lopez has aimed a parting shot at Mario Balotelli, claiming that the striker ‘didn’t even show up on Zoom’.

Balotelli is leaving Brescia after President Massimo Cellino ordered an immediate termination of his contract, and Lopez admitted to feeling short-changed by the 29-year-old, who has been skipping training sessions.

“In life, facts count, not words,” he told Corriere della Sera.

“We are what we do, not what we say or write. There’s only one truth here: the team have followed one path, Mario has followed another.

“I thought he could give so much, playing in the city of his birthplace. He had a lot to give but he had to do more, much more.

“These are the facts. Therefore, it’s normal that there’s disappointment. I spent a lot on him.

“He trained alone because his teammates chose to follow another path. It was optional, fair enough, but the group followed one path and he followed another.

“He didn’t even show up on Zoom during quarantine. Even if he says he’s feeling fit, he’s not at the level of his teammates.”