Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 2/25/13
International soccer star Mario Balotelli isn’t a stranger when it comes to controversy, but what he experienced this weekend is something no athlete deserves. According to The Guardian, Balotelli was the target of racial abuse during the Milan derby. In the report fans were said to have chanted racist remarks throughout the game and sections of fans waved inflatable bananas every time Balotelli touched the ball. The fans were supporters of Inter, Balotelli’s former club. Inter was fined 15,000 euros for chanting racist chants towards Balotelli in their previous match. Fans also threw bananas onto the field during that match. The seriousness of these chants and antics seem to not be punished harshly enough if fans are allowed to continue badgering players with racial remarks. I attended a Kansas City Chiefs game this past season where fans were kicked out of the stadium for carrying “Fire Scott Pioli” signs. It is mind boggling that fans would be allowed to carry large bananas into ...
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