President of Italian football club Brescia, Massimo Cellino made a racist remark about his own club’s striker, Mario Balotelli.
Italian footballer Balotelli was racially abused by Verona supporters on 3, November. The 29-year-old player was persuaded to remain on the pitch after threatening to walk off.
Mario Balotelli was dropped from his club’s 3-0 defeat by Roma after he reportedly stormed out of training following an argument with his coach Fabio Grosso.
When asked why Balotelli had been dropped, ex-Leeds United owner Cellino said, “What can I say? That he’s black and he’s
working to clearing himself but he has great difficulties in this.”
Balotelli was left out of Sunday’s squad by manager Fabio Grosso, who has challenged the former Manchester City forward to
show more “determination and enthusiasm” to regain his place.
In response to Cellino’s comments regarding Balotelli’s situation on Monday, a club statement read: “In relation to what
president Massimo Cellino declared this afternoon about our player Mario Balotelli, Brescia Calcio explains that it was clearly a
joke said as a paradox.”It was clearly misunderstood and it was said in the attempt to downplay an excessive media exposure
and aimed at protecting the player.”
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Brescia lost 3-0 to Roma, and are at the bottom of Serie A, four points from safety after two wins from their opening 12
The forward player was labelled arrogant by the clubs ultra group following his reaction to racist abuse from Verona supporters
earlier this season.