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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
28
25
26 31'
22 80' 81'
14
34
18 19'
23
16 25'
45 63'
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

Tuesday 27 January

18:49
18:44
18:21
18:07
17:56
17:39
16:41
16:29
16:18
16:10
16:09
16:01
15:18
15:09
15:01
14:59
14:04
13:44
13:22
12:43
12:16
11:45
11:10
10:28
10:00
09:56
09:34
08:08
05:16
04:17
03:23
02:57
01:10
00:00

Monday 26 January

23:57
23:43
23:15
22:57
22:31
21:40
21:37
21:26
21:17
21:13
20:57
20:55
20:28
19:45
19:25
19:14
19:08
18:53
18:10
18:03
17:39
17:27
17:21
17:01
17:00
16:44
16:35
16:15
15:43
15:35
14:30
14:20
13:56
13:54
13:14
12:58
12:30
12:18
11:53
11:36
11:28
11:13
10:35
10:10
09:57
08:47
08:29
05:41
05:11
04:42
04:23
03:43
01:41
00:24
00:00

Sunday 25 January

23:46
23:00
22:58
22:49
22:03
21:14
21:06
21:02
20:53
19:49
19:48
19:43
19:40
19:26
18:56
18:27
18:12
18:01
17:54
17:52
17:23
17:15
16:58
16:56
16:27
16:01
14:48
13:57
13:47
13:05
12:34
12:05
11:53
11:50
11:04
11:00
10:33
10:28
10:00
03:14
02:37
01:47
01:28
00:52
00:03

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +35 49
2 20 +18 42
3 20 +11 36
4 20 +13 34
5 20 +8 34
6 20 +9 31
7 20 +3 28
8 20 +0 27
9 20 -2 27
10 20 +3 26
11 20 +3 26
12 20 -4 25
13 20 -4 25
14 20 -10 24
15 20 -10 20
16 20 -7 19
17 20 -11 19
18 20 -10 18
19 20 -21 12
20 20 -24 9

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