Fans’ group says Balotelli was racially abused

A Spanish football fans’ group says that ”about 200

supporters” racially abused Italy forward Mario Balotelli at a

European Championship match.

The group, which is affiliated with the Football Supporters

Europe network, says some fans ”started monkey chants” when

Balotelli, who is black, touched the ball during a 1-1 draw between

Spain and Italy on Sunday in Gdansk, Poland.

Thomas Herzog, the group’s spokesman, says in a statement that

most Spain fans ”tried to intervene very quickly and stop the fans

in question.”

Herzog says Spain fans are angry at the ”small section” who

insulted Balotelli.

Balotelli said before Euro 2012 that he would leave the field to

protest racial abuse in Poland and Ukraine.