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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Brescia FC President Massimo Cellino Makes Shocking Racist Remark About Mario Balotelli

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The president of an Italian football club, Brescia FC, Massimo Cellino, has made a racist remark about his own club's striker, Mario Balotelli.

This comes days after the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker was a target of racist chants during a match at Hellas Verona. 

The incident made the 29-year-old forcefully play the ball into the crowd and even threatened to leave the field.

On Saturday, Balotelli was dropped from his club's 3-0 defeat by Roma after he reportedly stormed out of training following an argument with his coach Fabio Grosso.

When asked about Balotelli on Monday, Massimo Cellino said: 'He's black, what can I say, he's working on clearing himself but he's having a lot of difficulty.'

Brescia quickly released a statement insisting that their president was only joking in his comment. 

The statement read: 
'Concerning the declarations released this afternoon by President Massimo Cellino, referring to our player Mario Balotelli, Brescia Calcio evidently deals with a paradoxical joke, clearly misunderstood, released in an attempt to defuse excessive media exposure and with intent to protect the player himself.'

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