Porto punished for racially abusing Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli
Tuesday 03 April 2012
Uefa have fined Portuguese club Porto £16,700 after their supporters racially abused Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in February.
The European governing body tonight confirmed the punishment following a meeting of their control and disciplinary body which took place last week.
City lodged a complaint after Balotelli was subjected to monkey taunts during the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie at the Estadio do Dragao on February 16.
Porto have three days to appeal against the verdict.
There were outbreaks of monkey chanting throughout the game, which City won 2-1, but it appeared most noticeable when Balotelli was substituted 12 minutes from time.
Porto coach Vitor Pereira later claimed there may have been a misunderstanding and that fans were actually chanting, "Hulk, Hulk, Hulk" at the club's star player.
That has been dismissed with a statement reading: "The Uefa control and disciplinary body has imposed a fine of 20,000 euros on FC Porto for racist conduct of their supporters at their first-leg round of 32 Uefa Europa League match against Manchester City FC on 16 February in Porto."
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