Balotelli again subjected to racist abuse in a Serie A match

Brescia (Italy), January 5 (AP) There was another incident of racism in Serie A on Sunday when Mario Balotelli was once again the target of racist songs in Brescia's 2-1 defeat at home against Lazio.

The match stopped for a few minutes shortly after the half-hour mark and an announcement was made about the stadium's tannoy system, while Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi savagely gestured the visiting fans to stop.

Brescia was leading 1-0 at the time following a goal scored by Balotelli, who had also been subjected to racial abuse earlier in the game.

Balotelli posted a video of his goal on Instagram after the game and wrote: Lazio fans who were in the stadium today, SHAME IN YOU!

Balotelli, 29, was also subjected to racial abuse earlier this season when he threatened to leave the field due to racist chants addressed to him by Hellas Verona fans during a game in November.

Racism has been a problem throughout the season in Italy with offensive songs aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique, Miralem Pjanic, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as Balotelli. All target players, with the exception of Pjanic, who is Bosnian, are black, and many of the incidents have gone unpunished. (AP) AH AH