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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr, 22, 2009

Striker Balotelli again abused by Juventus fans

Juventus fans again sang chants against Mario Balotelli on Wednesday just four days after racially abusing the Inter Milan striker during a Serie A match, Italian media reported.

Sections of crowd at Turin's Stadio Olimpico briefly chanted "Balotelli son of a .." in Wednesday's Italian Cup semi-final second leg against Lazio, the ANSA news agency said.

Juventus have been ordered to play their May 3 league game at home against Lecce behind closed doors after chants of "a black Italian does not exist" were directed at the 18-year-old.

Balotelli, an Italy under-21 international, was born in Palermo but is of Ghanaian descent.

Other fans in Turin sought to show they are not racist during Wednesday's Cup match, which Juve lost 2-1 to exit 4-2 on aggregate, by expressing their admiration for black footballers Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Juve's own Mohamed Sissoko.

"Davids, Seedorf, Sissoko, true champions, true idols," read a banner.

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