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Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sepp Blatter for anti-racism talks this month

AC Milan midfielder took a stand against abuse by leaving the pitch in January

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Barcelona talisman's subdued performances in recent defeats have led to questions

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The Norwegian is a free agent having left West Ham in the summer

Mario Balotelli pictured during the Milan derby

Inter Milan fined following racial abuse of Mario Balotelli

The AC Milan striker was subjected to abuse during the weekend's derby

Inter fans wave flags and set off flares at the San Siro

In pictures: Inter Milan vs AC Milan

Inter save a draw in fierce local derby

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli is reported to have suffered racist abuse from Inter fans

Another race row for Italian football: Mario Balotelli 'victim of racial abuse' in Milan derby

Inter Milan could face a fine of at least €15,000 after latest incident of racism in Serie A

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Italian World Cup winner joined the club in the summer

Serie A: Juventus extend lead at the top of the table

Ezequiel Schelotto's second-half equaliser salvaged a point for Inter Milan tonight in the derby as AC Milan had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Mario Balotelli was abused by Internazionale fans

Milan back down to earth as they are held to draw by Inter

After beating Barcelona in the Champions League last Wednesday, Milan's mood was tempered following a 1-1 draw with city neighbours Internazionale in a derby that was a tale of two sharply different halves.

Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night against Milan

Have Europe's elite worked out how to beat Barça?

Messi and Co are almost invincible in La Liga, but shock Milan defeat was more evidence disciplined defence can stop their passing game – and that they lack a Plan B

Boateng and Muntari were the heroes for Milan

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A look at the Italian press following AC Milan's shock victory over Barcelona in the Champions League

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