On Wednesday Lazio was fined €20,000 for the racist abuse from some of their fans which were targeted at Mario Balotelli a striker who plays for Serie A club Brescia during a Serie A match where they won by 2-1 goals at the weekend at Brescia. In his professional football career, this 29-year-old Italian national football team player Mario Balotelli has faced this racist abuse problem several times. But now he got justice as Lazio has been fined for racist abuse of Balotelli.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), in its ruling, referred to “racially discriminatory” and “insulting spells” on three occasions in the 21st and 29th minutes, all were targeted at Mario Balotelli. The Discipline Committee requested a further investigation, stating that it sought evidence of effective cooperation in identifying Lazio’s involvement, among other things.
Lazio have been fined for their fans’ racist abuse of Brescia striker Mario Balotelli.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 8, 2020
Balotelli, who gave Broselia the lead in the 18th minute at the match on Sunday and after then shortly he accused the referee about that racist abuse. After half an hour during the match Balotelli reported to the referee Gianluca Manganiello, “ already the second time it has happened,” referee replied that he will take care of that. The referee stopped the match for some time and an announcement was made at the stadium reminded the audience that the game would be postponed and that their club would be punished if they continued, with Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi to stop the chanting gestured in front of the visiting fans.
After that game, Brescia’s forward Balotelli posted on Instagram, “ SHAME ON YOU! say no to racism fans of Lazio that were today at the stadium.”
This type of racism incidents in Italian stadiums has become a frequent problem in recent seasons. And with this Mario Balotelli has joined this campaign of the victims of abusing as already Romelu Lukaku striker from Inter Milan, Franck Kessie midfielder from AC Milan, Brazilian Dalbert from Fiorentina, and Ronaldo Vieira from Sampdoria, these names are already on the list who was abused in Italy.