Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is glad he does not have to deal with the incessant racism he experienced in his homeland of Italy.
The 20-year old, who was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents, was often the subject of racial taunts from crowd members in Italy but has been pleased to see a major difference in the UK.
“The day I arrived at City it was three black boys who asked first for my autograph, and I presented them with my white cap,” he said.
“I am proud to be black and Italian. I’ve learned from my family that no-one is “upside down” simply because he speaks, prays or thinks differently.
“I do not know what more I can say about these things.
“Maybe these people came to the game because they do not even have a television set at home.
“I have learned through experience that it is better to ignore them and pretend nothing has happened but thank God I do not have to know the people who are insulting me.”