Nerazzurri fined for songs about former Manchester City maverick.
Inter Milan have been hit with a €15,000 fine for the racist chanting about Mario Balotelli during a Serie A clash with Chievo.
Former Inter striker Balotelli joined AC Milan from Man City during the January transfer window.
A statement published on cdn.legaseriea.it read: “A fine of €15,000 has been issued to Inter Milan for having supporters who, in the 41st minute of the first half and the 42nd minute of the second half, directed expressions of racial discrimination to the player of another club.”
The Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti was quick to condemn the behaviour and chanting of his fans. He told the Serie A official website: “I was told about it because I couldn’t make out clearly what they were saying.
“I’m very sorry about that and I really hope it doesn’t happen during the derby.”
Balotelli is renowned for controversy himself, but his promising form, three goals in two games for his new club, have been overshadowed by events off the pitch.
Paolo Berlusconi, brother of AC Milan president Silvio, was filmed using offensive language when referring to the Italy international prior to his debut against Udinese.
The issue does not seem to be confined to Italy either, a documentary last night showed several instances of racial abuse in this country too.