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

Substitutes

Sunday 29 May

16:41
16:31
16:30
16:28
15:55
15:37
15:20
14:43
14:28
14:27
13:51
13:09
12:37
12:07
11:00
10:28
10:04
09:52
08:55
07:31
07:29
06:36
06:25
05:26
04:08
03:55
03:25
03:03
02:33
02:27
02:06
02:00
01:47
01:42
01:12
01:03
01:00
00:55
00:50
00:36
00:32
00:30
00:16
00:11
00:05
00:02

Saturday 28 May

23:46
23:31
22:35
20:22
20:00
19:37
19:26
18:55
18:36
18:18
18:08
17:49
17:45
17:45
17:38
17:23
16:45
16:17
15:52
15:42
15:21
14:56
14:54
14:31
14:18
14:01
13:24
13:17
13:04
13:00
12:31
12:08
11:40
11:09
10:37
10:15
09:57
09:31
08:21
06:56
06:11
05:23
05:20
05:04
03:58
03:43
03:09
03:07
02:59
02:51
02:33
02:16
01:20
00:41
00:35
00:28
00:10
00:10
00:09

Friday 27 May

23:49
23:47
23:15
23:13
22:48
22:48
22:39
22:39
22:29
22:29
22:14
21:33
21:28
21:21
20:58
20:45
20:35
19:48
19:37
19:36
19:10
18:58
18:58
18:26
18:22
18:17
17:58
17:44
17:42
17:17
17:05
16:26
15:46
15:10
15:08
14:49
14:40
14:11
13:50
13:37
13:28
13:28
13:21
13:15
12:55
12:50
12:36
12:27
10:43
10:43
10:42
10:39
10:33
10:19
10:04
09:33
09:27
09:10
08:50
08:24
08:17
07:29
04:56
02:58
01:42
01:37
00:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +55 91
2 38 +48 82
3 38 +42 80
4 38 +12 67
5 38 +18 64
6 38 +9 61
7 38 +6 57
8 38 +0 54
9 38 -2 50
10 38 -9 46
11 38 -3 46
12 38 -3 45
13 38 -6 45
14 38 -12 42
15 38 -13 40
16 38 -27 39
17 38 -25 39
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -41 31
20 38 -29 28

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