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Managers play down Balotelli incident

1 December 2013 17:53

Both Milan and Catania have played down an incident that reportedly saw Mario Balotelli racially abused in Sunday's Serie A fixture.

The 23-year-old was substituted in the 83rd minute of the game at the Stadio Angelo Massimino shortly after Milan had gone 3-1 up.

Balotelli - who scored Milan's second goal on Sunday with a superb free-kick - was clearly agitated after having multiple run-ins with Catania defender Nicolas Spolli.

Widespread reports in the Italian media have since claimed the former Inter and Manchester City man was subject to a racial slur from the Argentinian, but Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was unaware of any such incident.

"It was a fair game, I don’t think anything happened,” he told Sky Sport Italia. "Balotelli was a little tense and I preferred to remove him from the game, especially as were 3-1 up and he needs to rest."

Catania manager, meanwhile, Luigi De Canio feels there must have been a misunderstanding, adding that Spolli would not engage in such abuse.

"Spolli is a good man, so I think it must’ve been a misunderstanding," he said.

Milan came from behind to end their five-game winless streak at the Serie A bottom club, with goals from captain Riccardo Montolivo, Balotelli and Kaka overturning Lucas Castro's early opener for the hosts.

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Milan

L L W W W
Competition
Serie A
Date
1 December 2013
Game week
14
Kick-off
12:30
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Stadio Angelo Massimino (Catania)
Attendance
17383

Goals

L. Castro 13'
(assist by M. López) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
19' R. Montolivo
 (assist by U. Emanuelson)
1 - 2
1 - 3
81' Kaká
 (assist by R. Montolivo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
59
25
26 31'
14
34
28
18 19'
23
16 25'
22 80' 81'
45 63'
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

Wednesday 30 July

23:56
23:54
23:31
23:21
23:06
22:57
22:48
22:42
21:44
21:34
21:29
19:33
18:48
18:29
18:20
18:15
17:29
17:19
17:09
16:59
16:32
16:09
15:44
15:39
15:34
14:20
14:03
13:30
12:40
12:13
11:39
11:33
11:21
10:54
10:37
10:34
10:24
10:05
09:28
07:45
07:12
06:48
05:38
04:43
04:27
03:42
03:23
03:17
02:44
00:37

Tuesday 29 July

23:58
23:32
23:03
23:01
22:34
22:33
20:42
20:36
20:25
19:42
18:59
18:52
18:02
18:01
17:47
17:17
17:08
17:03
16:56
16:44
16:33
16:17
15:59
15:57
15:34
15:28
15:24
14:50
14:34
14:24
14:22
13:11
13:03
12:50
12:30
12:18
12:06
11:20
11:13
11:06
10:16
10:06
09:22
08:41
08:26
07:40
06:55
06:45
06:44
06:19
04:51
04:50
03:52
03:49
03:49
03:39
02:51
01:37
01:24
00:18

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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