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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.

On Tuesday, Serie A’s disciplinary commission ordered the closure of Verona’s Poltrone Est stand for one game, as punishment.

According to the Ultras, “the arrogance that he continually gives off is unjustifiable.”

That came after the club banned Luca Castellini, the head of their ultras fan group, for 11 years for stating the ex-Manchester City and Liverpool striker can “never be completely Italian”.

In the statement released by Brescia:  “The personal declarations of one of the leaders of the Verona Curva cannot justify the witch-hunt sparked by the media and institutions in yet another attempt to criminalise and destroy the entire ultras world.

“This does not mean that certain chants are legitimate or acceptable, but not are all Verona fans racists and the Verona Curva some sort of KKK [Klu Klux Klan] coven.”

By Accelerate Sports

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