Italian star will ‘leave the pitch and go home’ if abused.
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Euro 2012: Balotelli threatens to walk off if abused
Manchester City and Italy striker Mario Balotelli has threatened to walk off the pitch if he is racially abused at Euro 2012, which kicks off next week.
Balotelli added he would “kill” anyone who dared throw a banana at him in the street.
A recent BBC Panorama programme revealed cases of racism and anti-Semitism in football grounds in host nations Poland and Ukraine.
“If [racism] does happen I would leave the pitch and go home,” said Balotelli.
“Racism is unacceptable to me, I cannot bear it. We are in 2012, it can’t happen.
“If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to prison because I will kill him.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
There appears to be a great deal of evidence that there is a very real chance that an element of racism and anti-Semitism will be present during the finals in Ukraine and Poland and one can only hope that those who commit such acts are severely punished and that UEFA and FIFA are ready to act accordingly, and strongly, if this is the case.