Inter Milan 1-1 AC Milan: Balotelli Suffers Racial Abuse During Milan Derby

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Mario Balotelli of AC Milan spitting towards FC Inter fans during the Serie A match FC Internazionale Milano and AC Milan at San Siro Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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In the latest incident of racism in football, AC Milan's Mario Balotelli was the subject of racial abuse in the midst of his first Milan derby for his new club.

Balotelli, an Italy international who was born to Ghanaian parents, played for four years at Inter Milan before moving to Manchester City in 2010.

After multiple incidents made him a liability to the defending Premier League champions, Mario moved back to Milan, though this time to AC Milan, his former club's bitter rivals.

With a few great performances already under his belt, Balotelli entered his first Milan derby for the Rossoneri. However, supporters of his former club were clearly not pleased to see the striker.

The Inter fans jeered and whistled at "Super Mario" throughout the match, even waving inflated bananas from the stands.

Eventually, the 22-year-old acknowledged the crowd's atrocious displays, putting his finger to his lips and gesturing toward them.

Unfortunately, this is just the latest incident of racism that has happened in "the beautiful game."

While one would like to believe that this is a shocking incident, especially given Balotelli's connections to Inter and the Italian national team, spectacles like this one are all too common. For evidence, just see the ignorant comments of AC Milan vice president Paolo Berlusconi about Balotelli, a player on his own club no less, just a few weeks ago.

Though football has come a long way over the past few decades in terms of racial abuse, the sport clearly still has some work to do in order to "kick racism out of football," as the campaign suggests.

After all, instead of the talk surrounding the massive match being about the absorbing action in the 1-1 draw or the two fine goals scored by Stephan El Shaarawy and Ezequiel Matias Schelotto, it surrounds the idiotic actions of a few foolish fans in the stands.