Brescia president Massimo Cellino has made an apparently racist remark about his own club’s forward Mario Balotelli.
The 29-year-old Balotelli has struggled since returning to Serie A with Brescia, his hometown club, and was dropped from the weekend’s match following a dispute with coach Fabio Grosso.
Asked about Balotelli on Monday, Cellino said: ‘He’s black, what can I say, he’s working on clearing himself but he’s having a lot of difficulty.’
Brescia president Massimo Cellino has made an apparently racist remark about Mario Balotelli
Balotelli suffered racist abuse when he was playing for Brescia against Hellas Verona
BALOTELLI’S 19-20 STATS
Yellow cards: 2
Red cards: 0
Balotelli experienced racism at the beginning of his career in Italy, when he rose to prominence with Inter Milan, and he was also the target of racist chants earlier this month during a match at Hellas Verona.
The game was suspended for several minutes and Balotelli threatened to leave the field.
The former Manchester City striker posted a cryptic message on Instagram on Sunday as he stepped up his recovery from injury.
Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Brescia, but posted a video of himself receiving treatment accompanied with the caption: ‘Recovery! Coming back soon for the moment let them talk.’
The 29-year-old reportedly stormed out of training last week following an argument with recently appointed manager Fabio Grosso.
Former Leeds owner, Cellino has claimed Mario Balotelli ‘hasn’t been smiling’ since he suffered racial abuse at Verona after he walked out of training on Thursday.
The striker was involved in a confrontation with manager Grosso during a session and Balotelli was told to leave, with Grosso thought to be unimpressed with his attitude.
Balotelli was said to be ‘very angry’ with Grosso after he told him to ‘go’ just an hour into the training session.
The 29-year-old Balotelli has struggled since returning to Serie A with Brescia this season