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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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Info

1 - 3

Milan

W W L W 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

Thursday 2 July

22:43
22:21
21:45
20:00
19:47
19:25
18:52
18:02
17:35
14:50
14:44
14:42
14:12
13:27
13:16
13:11
13:08
12:07
11:58
11:36
10:42
10:12
09:47
08:38
05:36
05:02
04:16
03:49
03:42
03:07
01:35
00:34

Wednesday 1 July

23:41
23:23
22:26
21:43
20:05
19:54
19:40
19:35
18:55
18:50
18:37
18:30
18:22
18:14
17:58
17:40
17:07
16:15
16:13
15:46
15:35
15:31
14:42
14:26
14:08
13:20
13:01
12:50
12:38
12:15
12:06
11:45
11:21
11:13
10:47
10:21
09:45
09:05
08:52
07:20
06:57
06:42
04:08
04:05
03:27
03:26
03:22
00:31
00:07

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 87
2 38 +23 70
3 38 +33 69
4 38 +15 64
5 38 +16 63
6 38 +15 59
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +11 55
9 38 +3 54
10 38 +6 52
11 38 -2 49
12 38 -8 49
13 38 -16 46
14 38 -13 43
15 38 -6 42
16 38 -13 41
17 38 -19 37
18 38 -20 34
19 38 -37 24
20 38 -42 19

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