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Balotelli praised for highlighting racist fans' banner

2018-05-29 14:40
Mario Balotelli (Getty Images)

Switzerland - Mario Balotelli has been praised by anti-racism campaigners for highlighting an offensive banner displayed by fans at his comeback game for Italy.

Anti-discrimination group Fare wrote on Twitter: "Well done to Mario Balotelli. Standing up to racism in Italian football once again."

The slogan "My captain is of Italian blood" in Italian was draped on a pitch-side wall during Italy's 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Switzerland.

Balotelli scored the opening goal with a powerful shot in his first national-team game since the 2014 World Cup.

On his Instagram account, Balotelli posted an image of the banner, adding his own message: "We are in 2018 guys. Wake up!"

Fare, which stood for "Football Against Racism in Europe," is now a global organization. It has long worked with UEFA, and will help FIFA monitor discrimination at World Cup games in Russia.

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