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Balotelli: I Would’ve Had Less Problems If I Was White

Mario Balotelli: I Would’ve Had Less Problems If I Was White

By Keegan Kruger - Apr 06, 2018 05:45 PM @KeeganKruger

Mario Balotelli was born in Italy to parents of African descent. The Liverpool flop has written many headlines off the pitch, but now insists he would have had less problems if he was white.

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The controversial character has seemingly made a big effort to try and clean up his reputation since joining Ligue 1 side Nice and it looks like it has also helped him find his goalscoring form.

 The 27-year-old, who hoped his recent performances would be enough for him to earn his spot in the latest Italy squad, believes the colour of his skin has a lot to do with how he gets perceived but he also did pin some of the blame on his past behaviour.  

“In some stadiums, people chanted ‘There are no black Italians’ at me, yet I am the proof that there are,” he told French publication SoFoot.

“Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority, of an error in the middle of a team photograph.

“I think that if I had been white, I’d have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes.”

The forward also took the opportunity to hit out at politician Toni Iwobi, Italy's first ever black senator, for his involvement with the country’s far-right Northern League party.

“Italy is not a racist country, but it does have some racists in it," he continued.

"The change is in the hands of the next generation and we must teach our children that everyone is the same, despite apparent differences.

“That party (the Northern League) isn’t exactly beyond reproach when it comes to racism. That man (Iwobi) was used and he didn’t realise it, because that way the Lega can say there are black Italians who see things the way they do.

“The main point is to reiterate that there are black Italians.There are Italians and that’s it. Stop. That senator can’t be passed off as an exception, otherwise, we are back to the beginning again.

"If he’d been elected for any other party, I would’ve had nothing to say.”

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Balotelli has made 32 appearances for Nice this season and has scored 22 goals along the way.

Do you agree with the Italian’s opinion? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Apr 08, 2018 08:43 AM
That isn't true Mario
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Apr 07, 2018 08:19 AM
He's right, some contries are more racist and he deserve a call up in the italian squad!
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Munangwangwa Apr 06, 2018 11:13 PM
Worry not Mario.. we are proud Africans .. not blacks.. I m not black but African.. calling Africans black is rubbish.. come back home where you will be truly loved..
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Chicharito07 Apr 06, 2018 10:10 PM
Word Super Mario!!!
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 06, 2018 09:32 PM
People like to blame this guy without knowing how much he suffered emotionally to develop that attitude. We forgot he was even younger, rose to the top and the white skin in Italy working together with racist English media pulling him down. Long live Africa it's time to stand together
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slowpoison Apr 06, 2018 08:51 PM
It's time 2 move on with ur life Balotelli & don't mind those racists.They r not going to change their attitudes towards blacks any time soon.
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Kaizer Chelsea Apr 06, 2018 08:13 PM
I pray for mighty God to help one of African country to win world cup to show European countries that we as black people can do it....then I Wonder why we have maximum of 5 countries to participate in World Cup?
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Gazankulu26 Apr 06, 2018 07:59 PM
Touched
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So-Mathabo-KBY Apr 06, 2018 07:36 PM
Sometimes being black hurts! even @keegan kruger still refer to you as "Liverpool flop" after doing so well in France with Nice but you won't hear Kevin De Bruyne being labelled as Chelsea flop
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jujuLeBhakaJUJU Apr 06, 2018 07:15 PM
Racism in European football has been more about the reflection of the team and less about the ability of black players. The European club owners are more worried about how club or team photos will look in the marketing department of the clubs with black or dark skin players on the photos and on the pitch. So our African players are like a fly in milk in terms of the team looks and that "apparently" dents the club marketing.
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jujuLeBhakaJUJU Apr 06, 2018 07:09 PM
@shibambusl@gmail.com that's the problem, why must black people have to prove (obviously to white people) their worth, their ability, their quality, their gifts/talents, their rights??? For how long must we prove ourselves to a white man? Let me light a candle for you njayam...in European football racism is not about the qualities that a black players possesses, it's about the looks, the reflection of the team on the field of play and on the team photos. Black players spoil the reflection of the European teams ndoda, ask Makelele while he was at Real Madrid...the then president told him in his face and the coach that he doesn't want dark players at Madrid, it's not good for marketing. We need to open our eyes and see beyond imaginations what's foing around us and in the world. Don't get fooled by these useless campaigns that "look like" they are fighting racism, it's just a front. Quick question, since thise campaigns have been established has racism stopped??? NO!!!
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bizoz Apr 06, 2018 06:56 PM
Sorry Balotelli us as blacks we need to be much more strong in this world nobody like us but still we forgive them
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tsikaldinho Apr 06, 2018 06:41 PM
Hade poi
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shibambusl@gmail.com Apr 06, 2018 06:28 PM
@fanist, yes, he is a black person but he has a right to play anywhere in the world. Remember, he was born in Italy which means he is a Italian by country of birth.
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shibambusl@gmail.com Apr 06, 2018 06:25 PM
Samuel Eto, experienced the same attitude from Spainish laliga. It hard to change the mind set of white people n now you prove that you are the best.
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fanist Apr 06, 2018 06:21 PM
African continent is still opening it's arms to its generation though that would be difficult. Come back home you are an African!
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Lusapho Makhubalo Apr 06, 2018 05:52 PM
Super Mario kikikiki

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