Monday, February 25, 2013
INTER FANS RACIALLY ABUSE BALOTELLI IN BATTLE OF THE SAN SIRO
Former Manchester City star, Mario Balotelli was subjected to racial taunts by Inter Milan fans as he took on his former club on Sunday night.
Despite the abuse he kept his composure and signalled for them to be quiet by putting a finger to his mouth.
Some Inter fans waved inflatable bananas and whistled at the AC Milan striker during the derby clash.
'Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I'm just sorry he wasn't able to score,' Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri said.
'He had a great first half. Let's not forget that he's 22 years old and he was playing against his former squad. It's to be expected that he felt pressure for this match.'
Balotelli played for Inter between 2006-10 before moving to Manchester City.
The San Siro had more Inter fans than Milan supporters - the former side were at home - and they mocked their former striker.
He was whistled at and there were some reports of Inter fans waving inflatable bananas at him.
Balotelli responded to the taunts by holding a finger to his mouth.
He only had himself to blame as his side were pegged back in the San Siro after taking the lead.
The Italian striker had several opportunities to score in the first half, as Milan dominated.
Stephan El Shaarawi opened the scoring for Milan after receiving Kevin-Prince Boateng's through ball and flicking it round Samir Handanovic with the outside of his right boot.
However, Argentine midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto, who came on as a 69th minute substitute headed home Yuto Nagatomo's cross for Inter Equaliser two minutes later
Inter continued to press after that but could not break through, as Milan fell away.
The draw left Milan third, six points behind second-placed Napoli and 13 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus. Inter are one point behind Milan in fifth.