AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri hopes Mario Balotelli can continue his goal streak against Chievo on Saturday.
This week saw the 22-year-old Italy international bring up his 10th goal in nine appearances for club and country since he left Manchester City, but any gentle taunts from the Maltese crowd paled in comparison to discriminatory chants directed his way in recent Serie A games.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli praised Balotelli for keeping his cool in Malta and Allegri backed his player to ignore any more serious abuse directed his way in Verona on Saturday night.
He told acmilan.com: "Balotelli has never reacted to provocation on the pitch since he's been playing for us.
"Certain bad things that can happen during matches should be stamped out and the culture needs to change. He'll be fine tomorrow.
"He needn't focus on any of the chants coming from the stands but rather about the three points that would at least maintain the distance between us and the team behind ...