Lazio fined €20,000 for racist abuse against Brescia striker Mario Balotelli

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The Italian Football Federation has fined Lazio €20,000 (₦8,028,011.25) for racist abuse against Brescia’s striker Mario Balotelli, 29.

The match between Lazio and Brescia on Sunday was temporarily stopped and an announcement made asking fans to stop racist chants against the striker.

The Italian striker later took to his Instagram page to hit back at Lazio fans saying they should be ashamed of themselves.

The Serie A judge has asked  for further details to be made available to the  Italian Football Federation prosecutor to decide if more sanctions are necessary.

Balotelli opened the scoring in the game before Lazio equalized and eventually won the match.

In a comment Lazio said,

“As always, Lazio dissociates in the most taxing way from the discriminatory behaviour carried out by a very small minority of fans during the match against Brescia.

“The club once again reiterates its condemnation of such unjustified misconduct and confirms its intent to prosecute those who in fact betray their sporting passion, causing serious damage to the image of the club.”

Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch in a similar accident back in November 2019 in the match against Hellas Verona.

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