VERONA NEWS

Stefano Pioli preferred Lazio’s performance in a draw with Verona compared to their victory over Torino.
Luca Toni’s penalty held 10-man Lazio 1-1 in Verona, but the Aquile still go into joint third place.
Verona host Lazio at the Stadio Bentegodi this evening, as the Aquile can leap into third place.
CONI have prevented Stefano Mauri from playing for Lazio tonight, but the club confirm he’ll be back against Cagliari.
Stefano Mauri will miss Lazio’s match with Verona because tonsillitis treatment would show up in a doping test.
Andrea Mandorlini is in buoyant mood ahead of Verona’s clash against Lazio, as he explains the process to bouncing back from two consecutive defeats.
Stefano Pioli says he is happy about how Lazio fans have responded to the team’s performances so far, but also says that there is a long way ahead.
Andrea Mandorlini insists Verona “did not deserve” their 6-2 thrashing at Napoli.
Rafa Benitez said Napoli’s thrilling 6-2 victory over Verona was “a sign of what this team can do.”
Gonzalo Higuain’s hat-trick and Marek Hamsik’s brace completed Napoli’s comeback to beat Verona in a 6-2 thriller.
Napoli director Riccardo Bigon insists there is “no split between the team and its fans” after the bus was attacked.
Napoli bring back Gonzalo Higuain, Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon for a surprising head-to-head with Verona.
Verona Coach Andrea Mandorlini expects “a difficult game for many reasons” at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo.
Rafa Benitez said criticism of Napoli is “exaggerated” ahead of Verona, but the club will grow “with or without me.”
Verona have been temporarily successful in appealing a one-game partial closure of their stadium for racist chanting.
Verona say they’ll keep pushing for the truth over racism claims, but it feels like “fighting Kalashnikovs with blowpipes.”
The kick-off times and dates for the Coppa Italia Fourth Round have been confirmed.
Milan have backed Verona’s claim there was no racist abuse aimed at Sulley Muntari during Sunday’s game.
Milan midfielder Michael Essien says the football world must act sooner rather than later in order to stop racism in the game.
Hellas Verona released a statement calling accusations of racism against Milan “the low point of our history.”