After a short delay, play resumed with Balotelli taking his place in the Brescia attack. The 29-year-old later curled home a delightful goal from distance, although it was a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.
A string of racist incidents have blighted Italian football in recent months, with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and Fiorentina’s Dalbert among those targeted.
Mario Balotelli v Verona
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Verona coach Ivan Juric denied hearing anything offensive from the stands.
“I am not afraid to say there were no racist chants today," Juric told Sky Sport Italia.
"They might have jeered and mocked the great player, but there was nothing there...
“You can ask him, there was nothing there. I am disgusted by racist abuse and I will be the first to condemn it when it happens, but this was not it.
“They provoked him with jeers and sarcastic chants, but they were not racist. Anything else is a lie."
It was the second time this weekend that a Serie A match has been interrupted because of offensive chants.
Roma’s game against Napoli on Saturday was briefly halted because of discriminatory chants from the home supporters about the city of Naples.