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Balotelli: I will leave pitch

16 May 2013, 12:42

Rome - AC Milan star striker Mario Balotelli has said he would leave the pitch if again targeted by racist chants like those that led to a game suspension last weekend, Italian media reported on Thursday.

The 22-year-old international told CNN that he changed his mind from his intention to ignore racial abuse after he and other team-mates of African origin were jeered during a home game with Roma late Sunday.

"If it happens one more time I am going to leave the pitch, because it is so stupid," Balotelli said.

"I spoke with (Kevin-)Prince (Boateng), and I was about to leave the pitch Sunday, but I thought that (people) would think we had difficulties in the game and we could have won 3-0 (on a disciplinary decision).

"So I said it is better that we play, then we talk. If it was not for this reason, I would have left the pitch Sunday."

Balotelli reacted to the abuse by gesturing to silence the sector occupied by Roma fans as warnings from the public address system went unheeded before the game was suspended for 97 seconds.

The striker moved from Manchester City to Milan in January, scoring 11 goals from 12 appearances with the Devils.

- Sapa


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