Brescia striker Mario Balotelli said those responsible for the racist abuse meted on him should be ashamed.

The  former Manchester City player has been trying to curtail his emotions after the current racist abuse saga he has been involved in, which saw him set to off at Verona.

In trying to be straight with the issue, Balotelli has expressed his gratitude for the support he received concerning the issue.

To show his displeasure concerning the issue, the former Liverpool forward picked up the ball and kicked it into the stands before making to leave the pitch in the 54th minute of the Serie A match at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

Footage later appeared on social media which revealed Balotelli was reacting to racist abuse, with monkey chants clearly audible.

Balotelli was convinced to stay on by team-mates, Verona players and officials before referee Maurizio Mariani initiated the anti-racism protocol.

The game was temporarily suspended while a message was read out by the stadium announcer warning that the match would be abandoned if racist abuse was to occur.

It was the second time such a protocol has been followed in Serie A this weekend after the game between Roma and Napoli was briefly halted when territorial chants were directed at the Napoli supporters.

When action resumed, Verona went on to take a 2-0 lead before Balotelli curled in a 20-yard effort.

After the 2-1 defeat, Balotelli was filmed walking through the mixed zone without stopping, before posting a cryptic anti-racism message on his official Instagram account.

Source: Evening Standard