Saying Mario Balotteli should have played for Ghana and not Italy because of the extreme racism he is constantly experiencing there will amount to running away from racism and not tackling this diabolical practice…
Despite the many years Mario Balotelli has spent in Italy, he continues to be racially abused and therefore when he was spotted crying yesterday, many thought he was doing so because of racial chants.
Initially, some thought Balotelli was crying because he was substituted, followed by others saying he was crying because he was racially abused but it turns out the tears were just “tears of a sportsman”.
After the match, Clarence Seedorf dismissed rumours Mario Balotelli’s tears were down to racist abuse. “It was actually beautiful” he said.
“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” said Coach Seedorf in a Press conference.
In an interview with Mediaset Premium Seedorf also said “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.”
The tactician had also told Sky Sport Italia “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.”
Teammate Ignazio Abate suggested the tears were not of anger, but of disappointment. “Mario really cares about doing well with Milan and making his mark. He is sentimental. It’s a shame that he got so downhearted about it, as he needs to keep his head up.”
According to Football Italia, “Balotelli’s tears appear to have been a mixture of frustration at missing a great scoring opportunity just before his substitution and the build-up of an emotional week.
DNA tests proved he is the father of Pia, a little girl who lives in Naples with her mother, so it’s possible he was preparing a special dedication for her”.
To some, it was tears coming out of racism but Milan is just trying to play things down.
Check out the video of Mario Balotelli crying below…