Proof that racially charged football incidents do exist outside of the UK!
Manchester City to report ‘racist’ abuse of their players at Porto
Manchester City plan to complain to Uefa about the alleged racial abuse suffered by some of their players during the Europa League game at Porto.
City won 2-1 at the Estadio do Drago , but after the game the club revealed that Mario Balotelli had complained to officials about chants from the stands.
After the final whistle City manager Roberto Mancini said he had heard nothing unusual during the match.
“I didn’t hear the noise, because I was concentrating on the game,” he said.
BBC Radio 5 live reported that, at half-time, Manchester City media officers had informed them that they suspected that midfielder Yaya Toure and attacker Mario Balotelli had been the subject of racial abuse from certain home sections of the crowd.
In the 78th minute, when City substituted Balotelli, whistling and booing reached a crescendo.
After the game it was revealed that Balotelli had told a club official that he was subjected to racial abuse from the stands. The club then announced that they intended to report it to Uefa.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
After all the recent racist abuse incidents that have occurred in England, and the rightful disgust that these incidents engendered, it is sad to see that another similar incident has occurred in Portugal last night.
Let’s hope that UEFA punish FC Porto accordingly, if found guilty, but there is always a nagging doubt that Europe’s footballing governing body will just dish out a relatively trivial financial punishment when Michel Platini should look to get tough on such occurrences, imposing a hefty fine or ordering a game to play behind closed doors and then considering tougher sanctions for repeated offences.