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Football: Inter Milan fined $81,774 for Balotelli racist abuse

Published on Feb 26, 2013 10:26 PM
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Inter Milan supporters waves their flags during their the Serie A football match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at San Siro Stadium in Milan on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013. Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros (S$81,774) after fans racially abused their former player Mario Balotelli in Sunday's derby with AC Milan, Serie A's disciplinary commissioner said in a statement on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

MILAN (REUTERS) - Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros (S$81,774) after fans racially abused their former player Mario Balotelli in Sunday's derby with AC Milan, Serie A's disciplinary commissioner said in a statement on Tuesday.

Balotelli, himself, has been fined 10,000 euros for an "insulting gesture" towards Inter fans at the end of the 1-1 draw.

Italian authorities have long been criticised by anti-racism campaigners for not cracking down hard enough on discrimination in sport and more displeasure may follow at Inter's relatively small fine coupled with a warning from the commissioner over future incidents.

The fine was not just for the Balotelli abuse but also for racism towards Milan's fellow former Inter player Sulley Muntari as well as offensive banners and fans' use of a laser aimed at players' eyes.

 
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