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FIFA chief Blatter appalled at racism during Roma-Milan

Serie A game stopped after Balotelli, Baoteng abused

FIFA chief Blatter appalled at racism during Roma-Milan

Rome, May 13 - Joseph Blatter, the head of international soccer's governing body FIFA, on Monday expressed dismay at the racist abuse that led to Sunday's Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma to be briefly suspended. The match, which ended 0-0, was stopped for around 90 seconds in the second half after some Roma fans ignored warnings there would be a suspension if they continued to direct monkey chants at Milan's Italy forward Mario Balotelli and Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. It was the first time officials had used the power to stop a Serie A game due to racism from the stands in Italy. "Appalled to read about racist abuse in Serie A last night," Blatter said via his Twitter account, @SeppBlatter. "Tackling this issue is complex, but we're committed to action, not just words".

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