Mario Balotelli prepared to take strong action against racism at Euro 2012
Italy play all three of their Euro 2012 group matches in Poland rather than Ukraine, although there still remains the problem of racism and Mario Balotelli is prepared to take action against any supporter who abuses him for the colour of his skin.
May 30th, 2012
The 21-year-old has previously been subjected to racist abuse in his native Italy and has stated that he will kill anyone who throws a banana at him during the European Championship, something that might actually incite a supporter to do exactly that.
The Manchester City striker said: said: “I will not accept racism at all. It’s unacceptable. If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them.
“Let’s see what happens at the Euros,” he added. “I hope it will pass without a problem.”
Balotelli was pelted by bananas in Rome ahead of a European Under-21 Championship, something which continues to be strong in the memory of the forward.
“It was lucky that the police arrived quickly because, I swear, I would have beaten them. I would have really destroyed them. I hope it never happens again.”