Friday, November 19, 2010

Balotelli Ask for help about racism in soccer

Mario Balotelli called for help to combat racism in Italian football.

The striker, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, he was booed every time he touched the ball Wednesday in a friendly between Italy and Romania in Austria. The insults came from a group of about 100 Italian ultras who traveled to the meeting.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) was very disappointed and did not mean anything. The only thing is that I only I can do nothing. Everybody has to do something against racism," Balotelli on Thursday told Sky Italia.

Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, asked the Italian football federation to intervene.

The striker admitted he thought about abandoning the field, but he told himself that he "was not worth it", while grateful for the support received from peers and the Italian coach, Cesare Prandelli.

With respect to the boos and insults received by Balotelli in Hypo Arena stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, both from Italian and Romanian fans, vice president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Demetrio Albertini, said the "Football was only a pretext."

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