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Inter fans chant insults at Balotelli during 1-1 derby

Showdown between home teams ends in first draw since 2004

Inter fans chant insults at Balotelli during 1-1 derby

Milan, February 25 - AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri praised striker Mario Balotelli's restraint when faced by racist chants during Sunday's Inter-Milan derby that ended in a 1-1 draw. "Balotelli did well not to react to provocation. I'm just sorry he failed to score," Allegri said. Inter fans shouting insults and racist chants at Balotelli waved nasty banners and even inflatable bananas. Former Inter Milan and Manchester City forward has repeatedly been subjected to racist taunts playing in and outside Italy. The Milan derby has not ended in a draw since October 2004. Milan striker Stephan el Shaarawy scored the first goal of the game. Inter's Ezequiel Schelotto hit back with the second, and was moved to tears celebrating with his teammates. Tensions were high with Balotelli in the Milan jersey facing angry Inter fans and the rival team's formidable defense. "Let's not forget that he is 22 years old and was playing against his former team," Allegri said.

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