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Mario Balotelli: Brescia ultras group calls striker ‘arrogant’

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Balotelli had to be persuaded not to walk off the pitch during the game at Verona

Brescia’s Mario Balotelli has been called “arrogant” by the club’s ultras group as it defended Verona fans after some racially abused the Italian.

The striker, 29, kicked the ball into the crowd and threatened to walk off the pitch after being abused in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Verona.

“We have no doubts Balotelli is to all intents Italian – even a Bresciano,” read a statement from Brescia ultras.