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

Substitutes

Thursday 8 December

18:50
18:10
17:58
16:44
16:13
15:54
15:08
14:43
14:28
13:39
13:31
13:18
13:05
11:44
11:29
11:03
09:50
09:34
09:20
09:00
06:20
05:37
04:46
03:33
02:46
02:18
02:06
01:23
00:42
00:38
00:13
00:09
00:04
00:00

Wednesday 7 December

23:58
23:58
23:47
23:47
23:38
23:34
23:20
23:08
22:54
22:49
22:45
22:42
22:40
22:40
22:39
22:36
22:06
21:07
21:02
20:55
20:52
20:34
20:25
19:39
19:01
18:59
18:54
18:41
17:45
17:40
17:33
16:57
16:52
15:44
14:23
13:58
13:31
12:26
12:03
11:38
11:21
10:40
10:02
09:14
09:01
08:39
05:53
05:16
03:59
03:07
02:04
02:03
00:59
00:48
00:25
00:15
00:09
00:03
00:01

Tuesday 6 December

23:59
23:57
23:51
23:47
23:41
23:38
23:21
23:09
23:03
22:58
22:57
22:56
22:54
22:52
22:43
22:43
22:40
22:39
22:07
21:41
20:59
20:40
19:28
19:20
19:15
19:03
18:49
18:44
18:36
18:28
18:19
18:02
17:51
17:45
17:22
16:09
16:04
15:50
15:23
15:10
14:13
13:50
13:16
12:52
11:48
11:28
10:52
09:48
09:26
08:49
08:22
06:31
04:10
03:27
02:43
01:59
00:37
00:14
00:11

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +19 36
2 15 +19 32
3 15 +8 32
4 15 +12 28
5 15 +11 28
6 15 +7 28
7 15 +12 25
8 14 +6 23
9 15 -1 22
10 15 +1 21
11 14 +2 20
12 15 -9 20
13 15 -2 19
14 15 -4 18
15 15 -6 17
16 15 -8 16
17 15 -17 10
18 15 -15 8
19 15 -17 6
20 15 -18 6

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