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
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 4 Gary Lineker involved in Twitter row after presenter rubbishes claims he will be warned by BBC over foul-mouthed tweets
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books