Mario Balotelli is a lot of things, but no one will ever fault him for not showing his emotions.
During Saturday night's match against Napoli, the AC Milan frontman was caught on cameras first trying to hide his emotions, then eventually breaking down and crying.
Mario Balotelli crying on the bench due to racist chanting at him. Disgraceful! https://t.co/e0DpuFxZ9p— Football Vines (@FootbalIVines) February 8, 2014
— The Away Fans (@theawayfans) February 8, 2014
Hearing reports Mario Balloteli was racially abused at the game tonight that was why he was crying. Racism is disgusting. #KickItOut
Look in what moral condition racist chants can put a human in. This should be considered a crime in law. pic.twitter.com/oPKFkTGSXY— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) February 8, 2014
It was widely speculated that Balotelli's tears were a result of suffering alleged racial abuse from Napoli supporters, a claim which Milan manager Clarence Seedorf later refuted.
Per Football Italia, after the match—a 3-1 victory for Napoli—Seedorf attempted to dismiss the allegations.
What can I say about Balotelli's tears? They were the tears of a sportsman.
Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I'd say it was actually beautiful, but I'd prefer to talk about the game.
We are players and there are times when we express ourselves that way. I see nothing wrong or abnormal in that. I experienced it at times, too.
Balotelli also recently found out that he was the father of his ex-girlfriend's child (per ESPN), so it's been an emotional week for the Italian international.
Football Italia's Susy Campanale shed more light on the frenzy.
It would have not the first time Balotelli's been the subject of racist chants from opposing fans. Only last May he was abused while Milan played Roma.