After suffering racist abuse from Hellas Verona fans in Brescia's 2-1 loss, Mario Balotelli was thankful for the support he received when he threatened to walk off the pitch.
In the 54th minute, Balotelli picked up the ball and kicked it into the stands before making to leave the pitch with monkey chants clearly audible from the Verona fans.
The game was temporarily halted as Balotelli was convinced to stay on by team-mates, Verona players and officials before referee Maurizio Mariani initiated the anti-racism protocol.
The former Manchester City forward took to Instagram to show his gratitude for the support he got, "Thanks to all the colleagues on the field and off for the solidarity I had with me, and all the messages received from you fans. Thank you very much. You have proven to be true men not like those who deny the evidence. #notoracism."
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Grazie a tutti i colleghi in campo e non per la solidarietà avuta nei miei confronti e a tutti i messaggi ricevuti da voi tifosi.. grazie di cuore.Avete dimostrato di essere veri uomini non come chi nega l’evidenza . #notoracism✊🏾✊🏾 #forzabrescia⚪️🔵🦁 #testaallaprossimapartita #noinonciarrendiamo