Mourinho says Balotelli insults were not racist
Wednesday 22 April 2009
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho doesn't believe the insults hurled by fans at striker Mario Balotelli constitute racism.
"It's not racism," Mourinho said today. "It's just an ignorant way to show dissent for an opponent that isn't liked because he scores."
Balotelli scored for Inter in the team's 1-1 draw at Juventus on Saturday, and Juventus has been ordered to play its next match in an empty stadium for fans' racist behavior toward Balotelli, an 18-year-old Italian who was born in Palermo but is of Ghanaian descent.
"If I can say something in defense of Juve, Saturday was not the first time. It's happened in many stadiums and even at our own ground," Mourinho said, according to the ANSA news agency. "I don't know what the difference is between 3,000 or 4,000 fans in Turin or 500 visiting fans at the San Siro, but it's not the first time.
"Something has to be done," Mourinho added. "But I definitely don't like the idea of playing a game behind closed doors, because half the reasons for playing remain outside also, with the fans."
Latest in Sport
Michael Schumacher: Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo admits he is still in shock over accident
Jose Mourinho claims Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates spend too much time looking in the mirror
Is this the cutest pitch invasion ever? Brazil squad embrace young South African fan in heartwarming scenes after friendly match
QPR financial results: Rangers face £50m fine in top flight of debtors
World Cup 2014: Sam Wallace picks his England squad - is there a place for Andy Carroll, and who wins the battle between Luke Shaw and Ashley Cole?
- 3 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
- 4 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
- 5 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast