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Soccer: Balotelli jabs sporting judge over 'racist jibe'

Milan striker said Catania's Spolli insulted him

03 December, 15:56
Soccer: Balotelli jabs sporting judge over 'racist jibe' (ANSA) - Milan, December 3 - Mario Balotelli took an ironic swipe at Serie A's sporting judge after Catania's Nicolas Spolli escaped punishment for an alleged racist jibe against the Italy striker in Milan's 3-1 win in Sicily Sunday.

Balotelli had to be restrained by teammates and was then substituted to avert further trouble after he angrily remonstrated with the Argentine defender, saying "You don't call me a dirty n***er".

Lip-reading experts have been unable to determine whether Spolli said those words against Balotelli, who has been a target racial abuse in recent years.

After Spolli was not penalised, Balotelli tweeted: "Ahahah, thank goodness there is justice in this country".