AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has told CNN he will leave the pitch if subjected to further racist abuse at the hands of fans.
The Italian international was targeted by Roma supporters on Sunday, along with other black players in Milan's squad (Guardian). It was the just the latest incident of racist abuse to befall Balotelli and he told CNN's Pedro Pinto he's ready to react.
Said Balotelli, in an exclusive interview recorded this week:
I always said that if it (racism) happened in the stadium I just do like ‘nobody says nothing and I don’t care'. But this time I think I changed my mind a little bit. If it’s going to happen one more time I’m going to leave the pitch because it’s so stupid.
The 22-year-old Balotelli, who was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People this year, said he and Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng discussed walking off on Sunday but decided not to.
In the above clip, Balotelli also finds time to briefly address Manchester City's decision to fire his former coach Roberto Mancini.
CNN International's full interview with Balotelli will feature in their upcoming documentary, World Sport Presents: Racism in Football, which will air in June.