Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Milan coach slams politician's comments on Balotelli, racism

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Milan, August 23 - AC Milan striker Mario
Balotelli, who has become a symbol of Italian soccer's fight
against racism, is at the centre of controversy on the topic
again after his team's coach slammed a Verona politician for
saying the footballer was actually provoking with his attitude
the day before the team is scheduled to play in the town.
Earlier this month Italian soccer saw its latest, and
perhaps highest-profile, case of racism, when black Juventus
players were targeted by Lazio fans in Juve's 4-0 Super Cup win
on Sunday.
At the time, Balotelli said that it was impossible to
delete racism. "It's like a cigarette. You can't stop smoking if
you don't want to, and you can't stop racism if people don't
want to. But I'll do everything I can to help".
"Balotelli's not the one being racist, it is about the lack
of culture that still persists in Italy", said Milan coach Milan
Allegri on Friday, in response to comments made by Flavio Tosi,
the mayor of the Northern city of Verona on Thursday, when he
said "Balotelli? It would be opportune for him to provoke less".
Tosi is a prominent member of the anti-immigrant Northern
League, which has targeted Congolese-born Immigration Minister
Cecile Kyenge with insults including comparing her to an
orangutan.
Milan start their Serie A campaign on Saturday at Hellas
Verona, whose stadium has often rung to racist taunts.
Allegri said the team and Balotelli were focusing on
playing well.

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