Agent of Man City's Balotelli slams Platini over racism stand

The agent of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has slammed UEFA president Michel Platini over his wishy-washy stand against racism.

Mino Raiola, hit out at Platini for failing to back Balotelli when he claimed he would walk off during a game if he heard racist abuse.

Platini suggested the forward should be booked if he left the field, but Raiola told the Daily Mail: "I have to say that the reaction of UEFA to what Mario said was very strange and I would have expected a different reaction.

"Mario has had this problem before and in Italy we have a saying: Racism is ignorance.

"Mario is the kind of lad where this kind of abuse glides off his back but I was very disappointed with what Michel Platini said and a lot of people are with me on that. I can’t say I’m surprised by the reaction, though.

"I don’t believe Platini has done anything to improve the game or help the position of players — as his reaction to Mario shows."

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