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Soccer: Balotelli told to silence racism with 'indifference'

Milan boss suggests Italy forward should not react

Soccer: Balotelli told to silence racism with 'indifference'

Milan, Match 29 - AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri said on Friday that Italy striker Mario Balotelli should ignore racist chants in order to silence them with "indifference". Allegri was speaking ahead of Saturday's visit to Chievo Verona, whose fans directed racist abuse at Balotelli during a match in January 2010 when he was playing for Inter Milan. Balotelli, who has Ghanaian roots and has been hit by racist abuse many times in his career, reacted on that occasion with sarcastic applause and by telling the Chievo fans that they "disgusted" him, earning himself a 7,000-euro fine. "He'll manage to silence any eventual nasty episodes with indifference, like others that have taken place," Allegri told a press conference when asked about the striker, who has scored seven goals in six games since joining Milan from Manchester City in January. "These things should be improved via sporting culture and education. "Balotelli will play without losing his temper about any eventual chants in order to do well and achieve a victory that would enable us to have a good Easter and maintain third place". Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents. In January Milan's Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng won international acclaim for leading a walkoff when fans of fourth-tier team Pro Patria directed racist jeers at him and other black players during a friendly.

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