Mario Balotelli victim of racist insults ?
During last Sunday match between Catania and AC Milan (1-3), after a tackle, Nicolás Federico Spolli (defender of Catania, nicknamed “El Flaco”) and Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) started quarrelling and the cameras caught the Ghana-born striker while he was telling the Argentinian defender: “A me negro di merda non lo dici“, that more or less can be translated with: “Don’t call me fucking nigger”. Several players clustered around the two litigants and, most of call Kakà, tried to calm down their mates.
Mr. Rizzoli, the referee, didn’t hear anything and after the situtation had come back to normality, showed no yellow or red cards and let the game restart.
Few minutes later AC Milan scored its third goal and then Mr. Allegri replaced Mario Balotelli, who, while he was leaving the pitch, showed three fingers (as many as goals scored by AC Milan, look at the picture) to the supporters of Catania, who where whistling at him.
After the match Mr. Luigi De Canio, the manager of Catania, a very very calm person, said that he knew nothing about the facts and that it probably had been a misunderstanding, because he considered Spolli a Gentleman.
Few days later the Disciplinary Body of Italian football examined the video about the facts, but it didn’t draw any conclusion, because Spolli‘s lips had been too close to understand what he had said, and moreover TV exam can’t be used to sanction racist insults, despite recently in Italy several times stadiums or just a part of them are closed for one match because of supposed racist chants or banners (i.d. people ftom an Italian city that mock people from another Italian city) that usually aren’t racist at all.
Anyway Mario Balotelli wasn’t happy about this non-decision and twitted: “Ahahah per fortuna che c’è giustizia in questo paese” (Ahahah luckly there’s a justice in this country).