Disgusting headlines this morning from ‘Tuttosport’, hot on the heels of similar gutter journalism by Gazzetta dello Sport earlier this week have rendered Italy’s fine victory over Germany to nought. Whatever happens on Sunday night against Spain, the European Championships 2012 will forever be remembered as the tournament when the star player, a native Italian, was ridiculed by his compatriots for being black.
Mario Balotelli, 21, born in Palermo on grousing day 1990, is the most exciting footballing talent in the world. Whether he is white, black, neon pink or transparent is irrelevant. It is an accepted and proven fact that Italy is not a conducive environment for non-whites to live a normal, happy, working life without prejudice. There are many reasons for this, and if I listed each and every one i’d exceed the word count time out a hundred thousand times over. One can only hope that the emergence of a new, black, home grown idol will inspire positive change.
Anyone who follows Premiership football in England knows that Mario Balotelli is very popular with supporters of all clubs. His legendary off the field antics and tremendous strength of character have elevated him to superstar status, and if any tabloid dared publish a cartoon / article which referred to his ethnicity in a derogatory sense, either directly or indirectly, it would be boycotted, fined to the tune of thousands, and eventually shut down.
So what inspired this post? Google ‘Balotelli racism’ and you’ll find yourself reading and cringing about what Italy’s sporting dailies really think of their hero. ‘Tuttosport’ are based in Turin, and Juventus fans there have always hated Balotelli for being black and successful. Perhaps the dark and twisted connection in a city known for Freemasonry and the occult makes some kind of horrible sense.
Apologies? None. Well, nothing genuine, just excuses and a dismissive air.
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