Why Always Mario?Peter Houghton
Mario Balotelli, who once graced the Old Trafford turf scoring in City’s 6-1 defeat of United in October 2011 and unveiling the famous undershirt bearing the legend “Why Always Me?” became the first high profile football to take the law into his own hands over the weekend.
The football he is playing now is a long way from the top-of-the-range teams he once represented but while playing for his current club, Brescia in Italy’s Serie A he was apparently subject to racial abuse in the form of monkey chants from a section of the Hellas Verona fans at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi yesterday.
Super Mario had to be convinced to remain on the field after kicking the ball into the crowd and deciding his day was done. He did return to the field and scored a goal but it was not enough to save Brescia who lost 2-1.
This is another example of how different culture appear to have different tolerance and acceptability levels for this type of unacceptable behaviour.
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