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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

D W W L 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

Friday 30 September

Thursday 29 September

23:54
23:51
23:41
23:35
23:26
23:01
22:39
21:33
21:22
21:02
20:51
19:16
18:16
17:51
17:51
17:43
17:36
17:24
17:12
16:46
16:33
16:10
15:46
15:36
15:35
15:13
15:01
14:49
14:37
14:29
13:48
13:34
13:24
12:55
12:19
11:58
11:53
11:22
10:33
09:39
09:16
08:40
06:46
06:10
05:50
04:19
03:44
03:24
01:59
01:16
01:14
00:52
00:47
00:40
00:24
00:24
00:12
00:05
00:04
00:02

Wednesday 28 September

23:59
23:52
23:48
23:38
23:37
23:30
23:25
22:47
22:47
22:47
22:44
22:43
22:42
22:40
22:38
22:36
21:20
21:02
21:01
20:49
20:01
19:36
19:24
19:14
18:48
18:25
17:45
17:29
17:18
16:51
16:25
16:08
15:57
15:47
15:37
15:18
15:03
14:19
13:42
12:13
11:05
10:59
10:10
08:50
06:34
06:18
04:12
03:46
02:50
00:57
00:50
00:50
00:46
00:44
00:39
00:26
00:17
00:14

Serie A table

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

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