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Inter fans direct racial taunts at Mario Balotelli
AP, February 25th, 2013 1:33PM

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Inter fans waved inflated bananas and jeered AC Milan's Mario Balotelli when he faced his former club for the first time since transferring from Manchester City to Milan last month.

Balotelli kept his composure and held a finger to his mouth to signal for quiet in the second half of the game that ended 1-1.

"Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I'm just sorry he wasn't able to score,'' Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. ''He had a great first half. Let's not forget that he's 22 years old and he was playing against his former squad. It's to be expected that he felt pressure for this match.''

Inter supporters waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli, who is a native of Ghana. He was facing Inter for the first time since transferring from Manchester City to Milan last month. Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, played for Inter from 2006-10, helping the club to three titles in his final season with the team.

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2 comments
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: February 25, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
    Another black market against Italian football (let's not forget the almost constant match-fixing). Considering that other clubs have been sanctioned for such behaviour by their fans, and given that Balotelli is a former Inter player, the club should be severely sanctioned for this uncontionable conduct. Perhaps a few games behind closed doors, where the club looses those profits and the fans are denied the opportunity to act like complete idiots, might send the right message. It's time for Italian football to emerge from the stone age.

  1. Fanfor soccer
    commented on: February 25, 2013 at 5:39 p.m.
    Another embarrasment to Italy. But so is Burlesconi. Go figure.


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