Former Manchester City forward, Mario Balotelli, walked off the field during his team’s 2-1 defeat to Chievo Verona in the Serie A on Sunday after he allegedly faced racist abuse.
After hearing what seemed to be an offensive chant, Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the pitch at the goal line, while his Brescia teammates attempted to stop him from storming into the tunnel.
Verona players also rushed to speak with him, while the referee asked that the fans be addressed through the speakers in line with UEFA’s protocol on addressing racism in games.
The referee also suspended the game temporarily, in accordance with UEFA’s protocol.
Eddie Salcedo gave the hosts, Verona, the lead, before Matteo Pessina doubled the home side’s advantage.
Balotelli then pulled a goal back for his side with a stunning strike.
The former AC Milan player reportedly turned down the chance to join Verona in the summer.