Man City striker Balotelli happy to escape Italian racist element

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli admits he's happy to have escaped the racist element in Italian football.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli admits he's happy to have escaped the racist element in Italian football.

The 20-year-old is not needed for what is essentially a dead rubber and has been spared the possibility of a repeat of the recent racist insults he received when playing for his national team.

Balotelli is relieved not to have that problem in England.

He said: "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.

"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."

Balotelli added: "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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