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
Herzog says Spain fans are angry at the ”small section” who
Balotelli said before Euro 2012 that he would leave the field to
protest racial abuse in Poland and Ukraine.