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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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1 - 3

Milan

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

Substitutes

Thursday 5 March

14:00
13:52
13:41
13:31
12:57
12:52
12:46
12:44
12:41
12:32
12:32
12:23
12:20
11:29
11:24
10:57
09:54
09:47
09:33
09:18
08:37
06:58
05:26
04:48
03:57
03:50
03:35
02:45
02:19
01:25
00:50
00:49
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:40
00:33
00:32
00:28
00:27
00:25
00:21
00:18
00:16
00:15
00:14
00:14
00:07
00:06
00:05
00:01

Wednesday 4 March

23:55
23:54
23:52
23:29
23:01
23:01
22:57
22:55
22:55
22:48
22:46
22:45
22:43
22:30
22:24
22:19
22:15
21:51
21:22
21:16
21:03
20:47
20:38
20:13
19:29
19:09
17:59
17:49
17:23
17:19
17:16
14:57
14:48
13:54
13:24
12:40
11:41
09:42
09:13
07:40
05:44
05:03
05:01
04:14
04:08
03:43
03:27
03:25
02:44
02:01
01:39
01:22
01:20
01:15
00:37
00:24
00:19
00:14
00:00

Tuesday 3 March

23:59
23:51
23:49
23:43
23:38
23:23
23:17
23:09
22:57
22:49
22:42
22:27
21:57
21:28
20:17
19:44
19:24
19:15
19:13
18:33
17:47
17:42
17:38
17:11
17:08
16:55
16:40
16:27
16:18
16:13
15:50
15:21
15:10
15:01
14:51
14:40
14:31
14:22
14:19
14:11
14:08
13:51
13:15
12:48
12:34
12:25
11:25
11:15
11:08
11:07
10:20
09:51
09:20
09:07
08:37
07:43
07:04
07:02
06:23
05:20
03:37
01:47
01:45
00:12

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 25 +38 58
2 25 +19 49
3 25 +13 45
4 25 +16 43
5 25 +13 42
6 25 +4 39
7 24 +7 36
8 25 +3 36
9 25 +7 35
10 25 +5 34
11 25 -1 34
12 25 -9 29
13 24 -6 28
14 25 -2 28
15 25 -15 28
16 25 -12 25
17 25 -15 23
18 25 -15 20
19 25 -23 19
20 23 -27 10

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