Mario Balotelli

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 Mario Balotelli’s ill-fated stint at hometown club Brescia appears to be coming to an end. Photograph: Getty Images

Brescia are set to terminate Mario Balotelli’s contract after the Italy striker failed to return to training ahead of Serie A’s restart this month, It(...)

Romelu Lukaku and Brescia forward Mario Balotelli are among those to make allegations of being racially abused by supporters during games this season. Photograph: PA

Serie A’s decision to use three paintings of monkeys to illustrate a campaign to stamp out racism has been branded “a sick joke”. The paintings are i(...)

 Brescia’s Mario Balotelli   reacts during the Serie A match against  Hellas Verona  at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona. Photograph: Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Hellas Verona have banned the leader of their ultras, Lucas Castellini, until June 2030 over racist comments he made about Mario Balotelli. The Bres(...)

Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

City 1 United 1, Division One, May 1963 In a season that finished with Everton winning the title, both Manchester clubs were mired in relegation trou(...)

 Jean Michaél Seri  came close to joining Barcelona last summer, only for the deal to collapse when the Spanish side withdrew their bid at the last minute. Photograph:  Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester United are ready to rival Manchester City’s attempt to sign Jean Michaél Seri from Nice, with Jose Mourinho keen to go head to head with Pe(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be delighted with his team’s start to the season. Photograph: Reuters

Manchester City’s start to the season has been remarkable, largely because they are challenging records for two different types of dominance. Only Tot(...)

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with the Premier League trophy. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Ciao Claudio, says sausage-maker After Claudio Ranieri’s sacking the consensus was that there’s no loyalty in football any more – to which more a few(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

A Vauxhall Insignia estate sits in the space at Melwood where a Porsche Panamera GTS used to be. But that’s not it. Too superficial. Plus, he’s an am(...)

Nice’s Italian forward Mario Balotelli scores against Monaco in their Ligue 1 clash. Photo: Getty Images

Nice’s brilliant start to the season continued when Mario Balotelli struck another double as they sank Monaco 4-0 in the Azurean derby to go top of Li(...)

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