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Report: Balotelli takes vile racial abuse from fans at Italy training

Italy Training Session & Press Conference

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 09: Mario Balotelli of Italy during a training session ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier group B against Czech Republic at Juventus Arena on September 9, 2013 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

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More audacious and despicable racial abuse has reportedly come Mario Balotelli’s way during training for Italy’s World Cup run.

The team was training in Florence at the Coverciano, and was on hand as some racists publicly taunted the 23-year-old.

From The Guardian:

The Milan forward, who has been targeted by fans throughout his career, was training with the rest of the squad as some fans shouted “black piece of (expletive)” towards him.

The 23-year-old, who played for Manchester City between 2010 and 2013, did not react to the insults initially but reportedly told his team-mates later: “This only happens in Rome and Florence.”

It’s hard to understand a group of people finding this sort of display acceptable in public, especially with the assumption that this group of people have some semblance of interest in Italy doing well at the World Cup.

It’s unfortunate, and just another sign of a messy world.

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