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Balotelli: 'Injustice' with no sanctions in racism row

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has taken to Twitter to express his displeasure at a lack of punishment in connection to weekend events.

The Italy international repeatedly clashed with Catania defender Nicolas Spolli in AC Milan’s 3-1 victory at the Massimino on Sunday, accusing the 30-year-old of racial abuse and requiring substitution to avoid possible discipline from the referee amidst ongoing hostilities.

Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri, counterpart Luigi Di Canio and the Elefantini man’s agent each downplayed Balotelli’s claims in the aftermath of the match, contending that the alleged incident hadn’t taken place, yet video evidence underwent examination regardless to determine whether Spolli should face sanctions.

On Tuesday the Giudice Sportivo announced that sufficient evidence hadn’t been found to impose a punishment on the former Newell’s Old Boys man, and Balotelli reacted immediately via social media.

The 23-year-old old ironically tweets, “Ahahah, luckily there is justice in this country,” in a clear message condemning the Lega Serie A discipline panel’s choice to not impose a ban on the Catania’s Argentine centre-back following analysis of the game tape by lipreading experts.

Spolli would’ve faced a ban of up to 10 matches had the authorities determined him guilty of the accusations levied, in connection to Italy’s more stringent anti-racism regulations that have recently come about.

Kaka added that despite being the closest to the supposed episode, as the Brazilian was the first to arrive and pulled a furious Balotelli away from Spolli, he wasn’t witness to what had happened and urged focus on his teammate’s return to scoring form on Sunday.

"I didn't hear what he said because I arrived afterwards and saw how wound up Mario was, so I told him to calm down because he's important for the side," the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner commented.

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"He scored a goal once again and he's happier now, things are starting to go his way again."

Balotelli's strike from a 63rd minute free-kick marked the first time he had gotten his name on the scoresheet in Serie A since September 22.

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