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Mario Balotelli is AC Milan’s tame ‘crazy nigger’

by | 7th, February 2013

MARIO Balotelli is black. Many Italians have noticed. When Super Mario scored for Italy against Germany at Euro 2012,  Tuttosport produced the pun: “Li abbiamo fatti neri.” Literally that translates to “we made them all black” . It’s more akin to “we wiped the floor with them” . But the use of the word neri was not accidental.

Elisabetta Povoledo  wrote about his time in Italy before joining Manchester City:

While he was still playing in Italy, Mr. Balotelli, like other black athletes who play here, was subject to racist episodes. When newspapers reported that he had revealed in June after a visit to Auschwitz that one of his adoptive parents was of Jewish heritage, an Italian extreme right group posted unprintable slurs on its Web site.

“This past year there were 59 racial incidents during the Italian soccer championship, almost all of them linked to color,’’ said Mauro Valeri, a sociologist and expert in racism in sport. Fines of more than €400,000 were issued, he said. ‘‘Even though measures have been implemented to halt the violence, the fact racism persists should make you think.’’

Some people think. Some

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