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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 D L
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

Saturday 25 June

Friday 24 June

23:28
22:49
22:35
21:51
21:05
20:41
20:30
20:06
19:39
19:17
19:15
19:07
19:02
18:45
18:26
17:58
17:21
17:21
17:10
16:58
16:46
16:32
16:26
15:27
15:13
14:26
14:21
14:14
13:27
13:20
12:52
12:16
11:57
11:41
11:39
11:28
11:22
11:03
10:21
09:33
08:18
07:37
07:31
05:32
04:46
03:54
03:46
02:45
02:23
01:58
01:14
01:05
00:50
00:47
00:32

Thursday 23 June

23:23
23:21
22:26
22:07
21:30
20:33
20:21
19:34
19:27
19:24
19:21
18:57
18:31
18:19
17:51
17:44
17:37
17:20
17:04
17:04
16:35
16:30
15:57
15:48
15:43
15:30
15:24
15:22
14:59
14:23
14:11
13:42
12:26
12:00
11:26
11:16
11:14
10:34
10:01
09:24
09:09
09:00
08:41
07:11
06:46
06:23
06:22
06:16
05:11
05:02
03:21
02:14
02:13
02:07
01:32
01:07
00:46
00:43
00:36
00:32
00:27
00:27
00:13

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +55 91
2 38 +48 82
3 38 +42 80
4 38 +12 67
5 38 +18 64
6 38 +9 61
7 38 +6 57
8 38 +0 54
9 38 -2 50
10 38 -9 46
11 38 -3 46
12 38 -3 45
13 38 -6 45
14 38 -12 42
15 38 -13 40
16 38 -27 39
17 38 -25 39
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -41 31
20 38 -29 28

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