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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

W L L W D
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'
22 80' 81'
14
34
28
18 19'
23
16 25'
45 63'
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

Sunday 24 July

Saturday 23 July

23:41
23:14
21:30
21:24
21:20
20:44
19:53
19:04
18:53
18:06
17:57
17:31
17:21
16:59
16:39
15:48
15:42
15:21
15:17
15:06
14:56
14:29
14:22
14:02
13:49
13:33
13:04
12:30
12:14
11:09
10:48
10:34
08:08
08:04
07:27
07:26
07:24
06:30
05:37
05:08
04:28
02:35
02:19
02:03
01:08
00:48

Friday 22 July

23:57
23:05
22:25
21:58
21:03
20:38
20:11
19:33
18:52
18:19
18:07
18:05
17:46
17:36
17:33
17:28
17:24
17:13
17:05
17:04
17:00
16:55
16:55
16:46
16:12
15:01
14:44
14:35
14:17
13:48
13:28
13:10
12:57
12:42
12:16
11:47
11:45
11:00
10:48
09:59
09:42
07:17
06:22
04:15
04:03
04:00
03:49
02:56
02:50
01:40
00:43
00:28
00:26

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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