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Thursday November 21 2019
Verona stadium ban suspended

Verona’s partial stadium ban for racially abusing Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has been officially suspended.

The FIGC’s disciplinary commission initially ordered Verona to host Fiorentina on Sunday with the Poltrone Est sector of its curva closed.

It came after fans from that part of the Bentegodi stadium were heard chanting monkey noises at Balotelli during their side’s 2-1 win against Brescia on November 3.

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Thursday November 21 2019
Boateng: 'My own racism task force'

Fiorentina forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has had enough of racism in football and claims he will be starting his “own task force” next year.

The 32-year-old is “sick of it” and claims clubs should be “punished with a points deduction” system if they can’t make their fans behave in Italian stadiums.

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Friday November 15 2019
Lukaku: 'Conte is honest with me'

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku says he has a very "honest" rapport with coach Antonio Conte and he is relishing his new career path.

Lukaku joined the Nerazzurri for €75m from Manchester United at the behest of Conte, and at a press conference before Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia, the 26-year old spoke of his rapport with the former Juventus and Chelsea coach.

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Friday November 8 2019
Brescia fans back Verona, not Balotelli

In a disturbing twist, Brescia ultras released a statement defending Hellas Verona fans after racist abuse and calling Mario Balotelli “arrogant.”

This is the latest chapter in an increasingly ugly saga, after Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands during the 2-1 defeat to Verona, as he heard racist ‘monkey noises’ coming from a group of ultras.

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Thursday November 7 2019
Ultras ruining Lazio's image

Lazio must realise ultras are damaging their international standing and really do something to clamp down on the Fascist elements, warns Emmet Gates.

The video went viral. If you are reading this article, chances are you’ve probably seen it. The video captured Lazio’s ultras, dressed in identikit clothing of denim jeans and black leather jackets, parading through Glasgow town centre giving the Roman salute.

Once the video hit the Internet it, not surprisingly, caused a huge backlash. The club were brandished as ‘Nazio’ (not exactly an original slur). Lazio released a statement condemning the behavior of these fans, and for ‘bringing Hitler into our club’.

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Wednesday November 6 2019
Balotelli: 'I had to react to racism'

Mario Balotelli explains why he “had to react” to racist abuse in Verona. “I am Italian. It’s already happened to my daughter too.”

The Brescia striker kicked the ball into the stands during the game at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday and threatened to walk off the field.

“I know that we’re not supposed to give these people attention, but we can’t just not underline the seriousness of what they are doing either,” Balotelli told Le Iene television programme.

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Tuesday November 5 2019
'Verona have been made scapegoats'

Verona patron Maurizio Setti claims his club have been made a “scapegoat” as their chief operating officer is “perplexed” by the partial stadium ban for racism.

The FIGC ruled on Monday that part of Verona’s curva would be closed for their next game after fans racially abused Mario Balotelli during their 2-1 win against Brescia at the weekend.

“We’ve been made a scapegoat,” Setti told Rainews24.

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Tuesday November 5 2019
Gravina: 'Balotelli call extraordinary'

FIGC chief Gabriele Gravina says it would be “an extraordinary message to the world” if Italy called up Mario Balotelli.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported this morning that Roberto Mancini was considering a recall for Balotelli, in light of the striker getting his head down at Brescia and establishing himself in their first team.

However, Gravina believes it would also put out a bold statement for Italy’s fight against racism, given the 29-year-old was racially abused by Verona fans at the weekend.

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Tuesday November 5 2019
Verona partial stadium ban for racism

Hellas Verona have been handed a partial stadium ban for racist abuse against Brescia striker Mario Balotelli, closing only one sector of the stands.

The punishment was handed down by the Disciplinary Commission following incidents in Sunday afternoon’s Serie A match at the Stadio Bentegodi.

Balotelli kicked the ball into the precise section of the ‘Curva’ where the racist ‘monkey noises’ were clearly audible, then threatened to walk off the pitch in protest.

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Tuesday November 5 2019
Verona ban racist ultras leader

Verona have formally banned the ultras leader who claimed Mario Balotelli was “never completely Italian” and openly calling him racial slurs.

The shocking interview was meant to reassure Balotelli that racist chants were “only in his own head” and yet Luca Castellini went on to exhibit precisely the kind of aggressively racist rhetoric that is causing the issues.

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