Setti: ‘We heard no racist chants’

by | Nov 3, 2019 18:51 | Latest

Verona President Maurizio Setti claims he didn't hear any racist chanting towards Brescia's Mario Balotelli, even though there is video evidence.

Balotelli picked up the ball in the 53rd minute and blasted it into the crowd after incessant chants from the home fans, and threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates.

Unsurprisingly, Verona's President took an all-too familiar approach to this issue, pleading ignorance.

Verona President Maurizio Setti claims he didn't hear any racist chanting towards Brescia's Mario Balotelli, even though there is video evidence.

Balotelli picked up the ball in the 53rd minute and blasted it into the crowd after incessant chants from the home fans, and threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates.

Unsurprisingly, Verona's President took an all-too familiar approach to this issue, pleading ignorance.

"We did not hear anything. I arrived in Verona eight years ago and immediately seen that the Verona fans are ironic, but absolutely not racist. When Balotelli made his debut here for Milan six years ago there were episodes of racism, and we condemned it. We have always done," Setti told reporters in the mixed zone.

"It is wrong to generalise, speaking for all 20,000 fans when, perhaps, a couple of people have said something. If there are two or three people who have said something, we are ready to take action against them because we condemn any episode of this type.

"But to speak of Verona as we were 30 years ago is wrong. We are a club that only has sport in our real DNA. There are many players of colour who wear the Gialloblu from the youth team to the first.

"Racism is a path for us that doesn't exist and Verona is not a correct position for generalisations. In eight years of my presidency, you could confirm this. The attitude of our fans is absolutely correct."

Coach Ivan Juric also insisted it was "a lie" to say there was racist abuse from the Verona fans towards Balotelli during today's game.

However, one of the Verona fans themselves helpfully uploaded a video to social media highlighting the odious 'monkey noises' just before the precise moment he kicked the ball into the stands.

The supporter presented the video with this caption: "Do you hear racist abuse? Or did the genius just want to get attention?"

The answer is very clearly the former.

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