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Hellas Verona stadium ban for Mario Balotelli racist abuse suspended

Gab Marcotti doesn't hold back when looking at how Verona handled racist chants directed at Mario Balotelli.

The Italian football federation's appeals court has suspended the partial stadium closure handed to Hellas Verona after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli.

The court says an additional inquiry is needed before issuing a final decision on the case "to identify with exactness the sector where the racist chants came from, as well as their perception and dimension."

The ruling means Verona fans will be allowed in to the "poltrone est" -- the sector where the chants came from -- for Sunday's match against Fiorentina.

Balotelli, a striker for Brescia, threatened to leave the field because of the racist chants directed at him by Verona fans during a match earlier this month. The game was suspended for several minutes.

Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina, who had applauded the decision by the Serie A judge to close the stadium partially, said he was "very disappointed" with the decision by the appeals court.

Verona had appealed the decision.

Meanwhile, Balotelli was reportedly sent off from a Brescia training session Thursday by coach Fabio Grosso for lack of dedication.

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