Soccer: Balotelli wins backing after walk threat

Striker says will leave pitch at next incident of racial abuse

Soccer: Balotelli wins backing after walk threat

Rome, May 16 - Italy and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli won backing on Thursday after threatening to walk off the pitch the next time he is the victim of racial abuse. Balotelli was one of the black Milan players to have monkey chants directed at them from AS Roma fans during a 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Sunday. It was the latest in a long series of incidents of racist abuse that the 22-year-old, who has Ghanaian roots, has been hit with in recent years. In an interview with CNN the forward said that: "if it's going to happen one more time, then I'm going to leave the pitch because it's so stupid". On Thursday his stance won the support of Fabrizio Cicchitto, a senior member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. Berlusconi owns AC Milan. "Balotelli is right about lots of things," said Cicchitto. "The phenomenon of racist chants is truly despicable. "The only solution is probably to dock points from the team whose fans are responsible for such manifestations of barbarism".

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