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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

W L W L 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

Tuesday 26 May

19:01
18:40
18:15
18:11
18:03
17:54
17:03
16:36
16:19
15:49
15:43
15:17
14:48
14:34
14:17
13:52
13:40
13:31
13:16
13:11
13:01
12:55
12:24
11:31
11:04
11:00
10:43
10:25
09:48
09:33
09:26
08:28
08:09
07:35
06:03
05:56
05:26
05:24
04:01
03:05
03:02
02:59

Monday 25 May

22:54
22:32
21:54
21:29
21:24
21:00
20:30
20:27
19:56
19:14
18:51
18:33
18:22
18:03
17:55
17:27
17:06
16:28
16:09
15:26
15:06
14:41
13:54
13:29
13:18
12:58
12:48
12:38
12:35
12:20
11:52
11:20
11:20
10:44
10:35
10:01
09:53
09:24
09:00
08:42
08:41
07:27
06:20
03:35
03:15
02:07
01:57
00:26

Sunday 24 May

23:47
23:23
22:42
21:06
20:59
20:54
20:34
20:30
20:25
20:24
20:07
19:55
19:55
19:53
19:52
19:47
19:45
19:39
19:34
19:33
19:25
19:14
19:11
19:11
19:09
19:03
19:02
19:01
18:49
18:35
18:05
18:02
18:00
18:00
17:59
17:58
17:56
17:54
17:52
17:51
17:51
16:44
16:23
16:02
15:51
14:45
14:44
14:12
13:51
13:47
13:24
12:40
12:34
12:06
11:31
11:06
10:17
09:59
09:38
07:38
06:38
04:12
03:52
02:20
00:45
00:09

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 37 +48 86
2 37 +24 70
3 37 +31 66
4 37 +18 63
5 37 +12 61
6 37 +17 59
7 37 +6 55
8 37 +10 52
9 37 -2 51
10 37 +4 49
11 37 -3 46
12 37 -10 46
13 37 -16 45
14 37 -10 43
15 37 -5 42
16 37 -12 41
17 37 -17 37
18 37 -21 31
19 37 -32 24
20 37 -42 18

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