Mario Balotelli has been accused of being arrogant by his club’s ultras group as they defended Verona’s fans.
The 29-year old-fashioned Brescia striker kicked the ball into the crowd and threatened to leave the pitch amid racial monkey chants by Verona fans during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to the club.
Brescia’s Ultras released a statement saying, “We have no doubts Balotelli is to all intents Italian – even a Bresciano.
“But the arrogance that he continually gives off is unjustifiable.”
Earlier, Brescia banned the group’s leader Luca Castellini for 11 years for saying Balotelli could “never be completely Italian. “
Again, Serie A disciplinary commission ordered the closure of Verona’s Poltrone Est stand for one game, as punishment on Tuesday.
“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.” Brescia Ultras group continued.
“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 [Klu Klux Klan] coven.
“Entire fan bases 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.”