Man City’s Balotelli happy racism is not rife in England

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is glad he does not have to deal with the incessant racism he experienced in his homeland of Italy.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is glad he does not have to deal with the incessant racism he experienced in his homeland of Italy.

The 20-year old, who was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents, was often the subject of racial taunts from crowd members in Italy but has been pleased to see a major difference in the UK.

“The day I arrived at City it was three black boys who asked first for my autograph, and I presented them with my white cap,” he said.

“I am proud to be black and Italian. I've learned from my family that no-one is "upside down" simply because he speaks, prays or thinks differently.

“I do not know what more I can say about these things.

“Maybe these people came to the game because they do not even have a television set at home.

“I have learned through experience that it is better to ignore them and pretend nothing has happened but thank God I do not have to know the people who are insulting me.”

 
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