After being subjected to racist abuse during Brescia's Serie A match at Hellas Verona on Sunday afternoon, Mario Balotelli responded by kicking the ball into the stands and walking off the pitch in anger.
Balotelli was eventually convinced by teammates to return to the field, and an announcement was read to the Hellas supporters, warning them that the match would be suspended if they continued their abhorrent behaviour, as per UEFA's protocol for dealing with such abuse.
The former Manchester City man reacted to the racist boos and chants midway through the second half, and fired the ball into the stands in his rage over the treatment he received.
Balotelli then silenced his abusers late in the match, scoring an excellent goal from outside the box, curling his effort into the top corner beyond the despairing dive of the Verona goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old returned to Italian football this summer after spending the last few years in France, first with Nice and then with Marseille. Balotelli bagged eight goals in 15 league matches last season, and then left Ligue 1 at the end of his contract.
Brescia have struggled to adapt to life in Serie A after last year's promotion, and are currently languishing in the bottom three of the table.
Source : 90min