Mario Balotelli lashed out on Sunday after again being targeted by racist insults, this time from Lazio fans after he scored for Brescia in a 2-1 Serie A defeat, telling his tormentors: “Shame on you”.
“Lazio fans that were today at the stadium SHAME ON YOU! #saynotoracism.”
Balotelli struck the first goal after 18 minutes at Brescia’s Stadio Mario Rigamonti before title-chasers Lazio hit back with a Ciro Immobile double.
But the game was overshadowed by insulting chants aimed at Italy international Balotelli.
Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi gestured wildly in front of the visiting fans to stop the chanting, as an announcement was read over the stadium speakers reminding spectators that play would be suspended and their club penalised if they continued.
Brescia fans tried to drown out the insults with whistles and cheering which Balotelli applauded.
Italian stadiums are the scene of recurrent racist incidents, including monkey chants, and this season Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, AC Milan’s Franck Kessie and Fiorentina’s Dalbert have all been victims.
An anti-racism campaign launched by Serie A featuring three monkeys last month drew widespread criticism and ridicule.
Lazio stretch winning run
However, Lazio still stretched their winning streak to nine consecutive league games to consolidate third place, three points behind leaders Inter Milan and Juventus who play on Monday.
Relegation-threatened Brescia were reduced to 10 men when Andrea Cistana was sent off for a second yellow card after bringing down Felipe Caicedo after 39 minutes.
Serie A top scorer Immobile pulled Lazio back on level terms from the penalty spot three minutes later.
The Swedish coach led Lazio to their last Serie A title in 2000.
City rivals Roma, now four points behind in fourth, host Torino later on Sunday.
Verona move up to ninth with Giampaolo Pazzini and Mariusz Stepinski scoring in either half in a 2-0 win over ten-man SPAL, who drop to bottom place after their 12th defeat this season.
New Genoa coach Davide Nicola got off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo, the port side’s first since October.
Domenico Criscito got off the mark from the spot after a Pedro Obiang foul, with the Ecudaorian making amends minutes later by beating goalkeeper Mattia Perin, playing his first game back in Genoa from Juventus.
Inter Milan recommence the title battle with Juventus on Monday, with both sides level on 42 points after 17 games.
Antonio Conte’s side travel to Napoli with Juventus at home against Cagliari.