Serie A fine Inter for second time this season in response to racism
“It’s unbelievable that Mario Balotelli has been fined for putting a finger to his lips."
Gary Bennett, SRtRC Honorary Patron
Several media outlets, including the BBC reported that Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros by Serie A (about £43,000) for racial abuse from supporters directed at Mario Balotelli during the Milan derby on Sunday.
Some supporters waved inflatable bananas in addition to vocal abuse. It is the second time this year Inter have been fined, as supporters also shouted racist taunts about Balotelli, a former Inter player, in their game against Chievo.
Strangely, Serie A’s disciplinary commissioner has also fined Mario Balotelli 10,000 euros when he raised a finger to his lips during Sunday's match at the San Siro in an apparent attempt to stop the abuse from the Inter fans.
Gary Bennett, head football coach at Show Racism the Red Card and one of the campaign’s first Honorary Patrons said:
“It’s unbelievable that Mario Balotelli has been fined for putting a finger to his lips. I made a similar gesture in response to racist abuse I received while playing for Darlington.
"It’s not to retaliate to the abuse, but to try and stop it and make those being racist think. I know I’m not alone in having made a gesture like that in response to racism and I think it’s perfectly reasonable.”