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Balotelli: 'I'm not the one who can make these people change'

  • AFP, Thursday, November 18, 2010 4:41 PM

After being abused by both Italian and Romanian fans during Wednesday's friendly game in Austria, Italy striker Mario Balotelli, born to Ghanaian parents, said he alone can't stop racism.

Italian police gave the names of 41 members of a right-wing group called "Ultras Italy'"to Austrian police. Fans held up a banner up a banner saying, "No to a multi-cultural Italy."

"Last night I was very disappointed," Balotelli told Sky TV, "but I'll say it again, I'm not the one who can make these people change. Brescia is my city and I live well there but it's also a difficult place. When I was young, many kids attacked me because of the color of my skin. What happened yesterday is racism but it's also the stupidity of a few people. I'm sure that if any one of them met me personally, they'd ask for my autograph."

During his stint at Inter Milan, Balotelli had been the target of Juventus fans. He joined Manchester City this summer.

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