Italy soccer player asks for help to combat racism

A player on Italy’s national soccer team who was taunted by fans

from his own country is asking for help in the fight against

racism.

Mario Balotelli was born in Italy and is of Ghanian descent. He

was jeered every time he touched the ball during Italy’s exhibition

game with Romania on Wednesday. The insults came from a group of

about 100 extreme right-wing Italian fans who traveled to the game

in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Balotelli tells Sky Italia he was ”very disappointed” but he

can’t do anything alone. His agent has asked the Italian soccer

federation to intervene.

Says Balotelli: ”Everyone needs to do something against

racism.”