Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Soccer: Balotelli told to silence racism with 'indifference'

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Milan, Match 29 - AC Milan boss Massimiliano
Allegri said on Friday that Italy striker Mario Balotelli should
ignore racist chants in order to silence them with
"indifference".
Allegri was speaking ahead of Saturday's visit to Chievo
Verona, whose fans directed racist abuse at Balotelli during a
match in January 2010 when he was playing for Inter Milan.
Balotelli, who has Ghanaian roots and has been hit by
racist abuse many times in his career, reacted on that occasion
with sarcastic applause and by telling the Chievo fans that they
"disgusted" him, earning himself a 7,000-euro fine.
"He'll manage to silence any eventual nasty episodes with
indifference, like others that have taken place," Allegri told a
press conference when asked about the striker, who has scored
seven goals in six games since joining Milan from Manchester
City in January.
"These things should be improved via sporting culture and
education.
"Balotelli will play without losing his temper about any
eventual chants in order to do well and achieve a victory that
would enable us to have a good Easter and maintain third place".
Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for
a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents.
In January Milan's Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng
won international acclaim for leading a walkoff when fans of
fourth-tier team Pro Patria directed racist jeers at him and
other black players during a friendly.

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