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Balotelli suffers racist abuse in Serie A

(CNN)Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the pitch after he was racially abused by opposition Verona fans in the latest episode of racism to afflict Italy's top football division. Balotelli -- born in Italy to Ghanaian parents -- picked up the ball in the second half near the corner flag and kicked it towards the fans that were abusing him with monkey chants during his team's 2-1 away loss in Serie A on Sunday. Balotelli seemed set to quit the encounter but was stopped by teammates and Verona players, who consoled the 29-year-old. The game did continue and Balotelli scored a stunning goal in the 85th minute before taking to Instagram to thank his "colleagues on and off the pitch" while also condemning the offenders. "Than ...