In September, FIFA President Gianni Infantino urge Italian football authorities to hand out stadium bans for supporters guilty of racism after an incident in a Serie A match between Atalanta and Fiorentina.

Verona coach Ivan Juric said that nothing special happened against Balotelli, save some hissing and teasing chants with no racial connotation. 

Announcement on loudspeakers at the Bentegodi stadium then warned fans the game would be abandoned under the league’s anti-racism rules if the abuse continued.

Balotelli later netted a consolation for Brescia as they went down 2-1 to leave themselves stranded near the foot of the table, while Alessandro Matri recieved an injury-time red card.

‘Why always me?’

The 29-year-old Balotelli experienced racism at the beginning of his career in Italy, when he rose to prominence with Inter Milan.

Balotelli’s on-the-field achievements have often been overshadowed by his antics on and off the field.

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During his time at Manchester City, where he won the league title, Balotelli was sent off four times, threw a dart at a youth-team player and was involved in an incident that saw fireworks explode in his toilet.

After scoring against Manchester United, he revealed a T-shirt under his City jersey reading, “Why Always Me?”

Mario Balotelli almost stormed off the pitch during Brescia’s Serie A clash with Verona on Sunday after he was subjected to racial abuse once more.

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The former Italy international, who has been the target of attacks throughout his career, was again the recipient of vulgarity from the stands during the league encounter at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

The 29-year-old was persuaded from departing the field by team-mates and opponents alike after booting the ball into the crowd.

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The referee subsequently brought play to a halt before following protocol, with a statement being read out via the public address system in an attempt to quell the issue.

Ehimare Oriaifo
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