Balotelli has clashed with Inter Milan staff, teammates and the opposition this season.
But Thuram says: "Balotelli? The most dramatic aspect is that the roles are reversed, Instead of understanding the suffering of this young man, he is obligated to apologize for his reaction. Balotelli must be defended, we must help him, it's not him who has a problem, if anything, there are the others who have it against him.
"In football there is indeed racism. Balotelli I hope someday will play for the Italian national team."