City duo 'racially abused'

2012-02-17 08:44

Porto - Manchester City claimed on Friday that Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure were racially abused during the Europa League clash against Porto, media reports said.

City came from a goal down to beat the defending champions 2-1 at the Estadio do Drago, but the BBC reported that club officials had informed them that the two black players had been targeted by sections of the home crowd.

After the final whistle City manager Roberto Mancini said he had heard nothing unusual.

"I didn't hear the noise, because I was concentrating on the game," he said.

But it was claimed that after the game Balotelli had told a City official that he was subjected to racial abuse from the stands. The club then announced that they intended to report it to UEFA.

Mancini added later: "I didn't hear (any racist chanting), sorry."

"I think Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure are too strong (to be affected by it)."

Toure confirmed he had "heard something" from the stands.

"That's why we all like the Premier League, because it never happens there," he told Sky Sports.

"Maybe in foreign countries they don't expect black players. I think in future it will be okay, they will change their minds and the game will become more open

"Football is football and the fans come to enjoy the game, and we don't want things like this to happen.

"Mario is now able to control things like this and that is very important for the club."


  • Lynda - 2012-02-17 08:56

    Enough....its going to happen so just ignore it!

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 09:15

      have you ever been racially abused,lynda.when it happens to you lets see if you will ignore it.i see you are a liverpool fan so is that the reason its normal to you

      clourens - 2012-02-17 09:33

      I agree with you Lynda 110%

      David - 2012-02-17 09:43

      Agreed Lynda. @jozwa1 Liverpool have nothing to do with it, it was a player and not the club. Build a bridge and get over it, it has been going on for years and will continue for many more. Evra saw a chance and he took it, now everyone is trying to get nasty.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 09:48

      david.the club gave sauraz all the support even after he was found guilty.a stop must be put to it

      Thando - 2012-02-17 10:02

      @jowza - stop being so narrow minded. I'm black and support Liverpool. Suarez is not Liverpool. In any case Suarez is 1/4 black

      Matthew - 2012-02-17 10:05

      Cant these overpaid drama-queen diva football playing idiots learn 'Sticks and Stones'??? I mean really, it has got to the point like in school, where everyone is running around telling tales and trying to get each other into trouble. If someone calls me a racial slur, especially in the middle of a semi-contact sporting rivalry, I would probably brealk the guy's jaw, like adults do. Not run to the European courts, human rights watches, and whinge like a b!tch on TV. These dudes are supposed to be tough athletic competitors, FFS, not prepubescent 13 yr old girls.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 10:07

      thando,so you saying its was fine for suarez to call evra the n word

      Afrikopite - 2012-02-17 11:05

      I am black as well, jowza1, you know nothing about being black and being racially abused so why cant you just shut up. I for one hate blacks who cry victim even when there is nothing to mourn about and you whites make it easy for blacks to accuse you falsely why becoz you blow everything out of proportion. I will never be a victim and refuse to be abused. I am black and that will never change I love my skin black as it is and call me nigger or what ever It wont change who I am or how low life you are. SIMPLE AS THAT lets get a life and move on people.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 11:23

      afrikope.whaton earth are you going on do you come to the conclusion about my on earth do you know whether i was abused or not.if you are comfortable with people calling you names,then good for you.but dont expect everyone to brush it aside

      Bob - 2012-02-17 11:33

      The more news is made of it the more the fans will do it, if you can be big enough to ignore the taunts and show it doesn't bother you, guess what, the people will stop the abuse because they can see it is not working, right or wrong it's the only way to eliminate or at least reduce it.

      daniel.mpande - 2012-02-17 11:54

      @ Lynda & Afrikopite. I think we black people were to spend their time ignoring all acts of racism, then the days of Apartheid and segregation would not be behind us. So your conclusion for them to blanketly ignore this is misplaced. The reality is that it is very hurtful for an individual and that’s sometime is hard to contain. What I do think black players should do is pick their battles. To try a banish a small section of the crowed is usually pointless. It’s a witch hunt to noware. Drunken lowlife fans are role models to non and are poor reflection of the clubs fan base. However if a player racially abuses you on the field then raise that incident. Players are professional, have an obligation to the club, are role models and should respect each other. It does not excuse the racist fans but that’s not a battle for the player but rather for the club and supporters around to fight.

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-17 12:39

      stupid white lady

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-02-17 13:22

      @ Linda... you dumb , honestly you really are.

  • clourens - 2012-02-17 09:31

    What happened to football, I have been called worse names when I played club football never complained never did anything you swear at each other all the time get racially abused and by the end of the game you shake hands and leave it on the field, now all of a sudden there is a spat of players that cannot handle the game ie. Evra, Balotelli and Toure... football is football come on guys your turning into true pansies...

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 09:41

      you were racially abused? whom?

      vuyanie - 2012-02-17 09:43

      shame on you

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-02-17 13:19

      It's funny how all the names you mentioned there are blacks. If it's all fair, why don't you give names of white players you know that have been subjected to same abuse... racism is stupid, only ignorance would support such.

  • Peter - 2012-02-17 09:37

    It is in the blood... wanting to be a victim all the time and getting attention...... Soccer prima donnas all want to be fashionable!

      Hallo - 2012-02-17 10:04


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  • Mario - 2012-02-17 09:58

    I was racially abused...boohoooo.... It’s the new craze in English Football – the world’s biggest drama queens. Call me a name and I call it abuse for F*&K sake get a life you bunch of sissies.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-17 10:40

    Yes JOWEZA1 I doubt you will find very many whites in this country that haven't been racially abused in one way or another. Most blacks over 18 will also readily confirm they have been racially abused in one form or another. YES its wrong and YES it must be stopped, but your choice is simple, let it roll off your back or let it destroy who and what you are. In this case we talking about a crowd, there is no recourse or compensation so let it go.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-17 10:46

      my point is,dont make a wrong a right.lots of us were victims of racial abuse,most of us got over it,but when people like lynda and others here try to trivialize it and brush it off,when it happens inthis day and age,then we have a problem

  • Carlos - 2012-02-17 11:01

    Why it's always Balotelli that is racially abused? It's history in and out of the field it's not a example.

  • jowza1 - 2012-02-17 12:06

    well put daniel

  • Ntando - 2012-02-17 15:16

    I play soccer, and being called names is a norm. But racial slurs are a massive no no. A soccer field should not, at any given time, be a place where racial superiority prevails. You'll never see black fans making animal sounds like their white counterparts do. I know soccer is a very emotional game but losing should not make one lose his marbles too. This barbaric act should end. And pronto.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-17 23:50

    I have a plan. Stop this 'racial abuse'. Let's ban all the 'cry babies'....

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