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Balotelli provokes racists, says Verona mayor

23 August 2013 08:09

Verona mayor Flavio Tosi has made the startling claim that controversial AC Milan star Mario Balotelli provokes racists.

Tosi, a member of the anti-immigration Lega Nord party, made the comments as Balotelli's Milan travel to Verona for their opening Serie A game on Saturday.

Verona fans have been punished for racist behaviour in the past and fears have been raised of a repeat incident.

"Will I reassure Balotelli about coming to Verona? There are two aspects here," Tosi said.

"One is the fans, the other is the club that has always worked hard to improve the behaviour of the fans and if someone acts like a cretin, he'll be in the minority.

"However, if Balotelli provoked people a bit less, then it would be even better.

"There are many black players, but not all of them stoke the ire of the opposition fans and most have no problems.

"Balotelli is very good at making himself unlikeable."

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2 - 1

Milan

D W L W D
Competition
Serie A
Date
24 August 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
18:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
15' A. Poli
 (assist by M. Balotelli)
L. Toni 30'
(assist by Rômulo) 
1 - 1
L. Toni 53'
(assist by B. Janković) 
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
32
5
17 50'
20
21
18 26'
23
16 15'
45 90'
92
78
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

Thursday 25 December

Wednesday 24 December

22:46
22:01
21:20
20:39
20:18
19:08
18:35
17:52
17:20
17:07
16:30
16:04
15:45
15:28
15:04
14:59
14:49
14:24
13:43
13:31
13:16
12:49
12:46
12:28
11:53
11:05
11:04
10:25
09:54
08:24
06:14
02:25
01:08
00:44

Tuesday 23 December

21:16
20:37
19:12
18:23
18:21
18:18
17:57
17:53
17:49
17:14
17:14
17:06
16:56
16:37
16:12
16:11
16:11
16:00
15:51
15:32
15:14
14:48
14:16
14:13
14:03
13:54
13:32
12:58
12:45
12:34
12:17
11:33
11:29
11:27
10:56
10:31
09:51
09:41
09:33
09:13
05:30
04:57
03:11
01:38
01:22
00:15
00:12
00:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27
6 16 +6 26
7 16 +7 25
8 16 +8 24
9 16 -2 22
10 16 -4 22
11 16 +2 21
12 16 -4 20
13 16 -5 17
14 16 -6 17
15 16 -9 17
16 16 -7 16
17 16 -10 15
18 16 -8 12
19 16 -17 9
20 16 -20 6

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