Prandelli: Racism is everyone's problem, not just Italy's

Chris Kvesa
Prandelli: Racism is everyone's problem, not just Italy's

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called on the footballing world to tackle the problem of racism after AC Milan's Mario Balotelli was abused by Roma supporters during a goalless draw on May 12.

The Serie A match had to be paused by the referee at one point due to offensive chants directed at the former Manchester City striker, and Prandelli insists more must be done to combat the issue as it is prevalent beyond the borders of Italy.

"This is not just a problem of AC Milan and Italian football, it is everyone's problem," the 55-year-old told Tuttosport.

"With Balotelli we still face the problem of racism today. We will discuss it soon, even with the whole [Italy] team."

Prandelli then criticized former Giallorossi boss Zdenek Zeman for refusing to acknowledge the incident as racism-related and claiming Balotelli provokes such abuse with his behavior.

"Zeman said he [Balotelli] pays for his attitude? That's a serious problem, it is like saying that women are subjected to violence because they take care of their looks," Prandelli fumed.

"We must no longer tolerate anything, we must have determination to stay on the subject. It'll be a long path, but we must insist on this road and think about our children. First of all we must have respect for the person, always, and be aware of what everyone has experienced on their own."

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