Balotelli racially abused by Italian fans

Italian striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused by Italian fans as Italy played Romania in an international friendly last night.

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Balotelli is the son of Ghanaian immigrants and the fans were believed to be unhappy with the selection of players with foreign backgrounds.
He said:
"Honestly, I don’t know what to say.
"If I have to hear those chants every time, you can’t go forward like that.
"I leave others to do the judgement. I am happy to be in the national team."
"It wouldn’t be right to stop a game because a few fans that turn up to the stadium behave like that.
"We need to change these people but it’s not me that has to do it.
"Where I live, the people don’t reason like these people.
"A multi-ethnic Italy already exists and we can do better."

Italian coach Cesare Prandelli was angered by this latest abuse. He said:
"I feel disappointment and anger. We always hear these chants and something has to be done about it.
"We feel helpless. He has the support of everyone."

Italian FA president Giancarlo Abete handed his support to Balotelli.
He added: "This is something that must be condemned. This is unacceptable behaviour."


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