|Mario Balotelli, Italy and Manchester City's isoteric ace.|
Balotelli issued a statement amidst growing concerns that black players will be targeted by racists when the tournament kicks off:
|"Why always me?" ~ Balotelli plays victim after a string of self -induced on and off the field shenanigans.|
The question here is, should a player walk off the field if bananas are thrown at him or if he hears excessive, racially motivated chants? My answer is yes, absolutely, and so should the other players. The game should not continue until the matter is resolved. Fans should get the message that if they do not act accordingly, they will not be rewarded with a game. That in turn will lead to more self-regulations as most fans would really like to get their moneys-worth and actually see a game.
|Mario Balotelli training with the Italian national team.|
Some say Balotelli should be the bigger man and just play on or play harder but those are often sentiments made by people who understand the theory of being racially abused but have no concept of the types of emotions such a thing can stir up. Next time you are racially abused in your workplace, just be the bigger man and put your head phones on while the black dude calls you a cracker and throws Turkey sandwiches at you. Nobody knows what Super Mario will do in the event that he is racially abused but I am more interested in what UEFA’s response will be. Suggestions are that they should consider using the full power of technology to root out and ban the wrong doers from the games but it has been hard enough to make them consider using goal line technology.
In summation, I am not trying to make every racist out there see the light and change their ways, that would be a colossal waste of my time. I just want them to keep it to themselves and let the rest of us enjoy the game in peace.