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Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli has a warning to the upcoming European Championship organizers that he will walk off the pitch if he is the of racial abuse. The world’s second largest football tournament will off in Warsaw, Poland on June 8th. Games will be held in Poland and Ukraine. Balotelli’s comments come just days after an BBC documentary on racism at Euro 2012’s host cities. The programme, entitled ‘Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate,’ showed fans making Nazi and monkey towards black players. Some of England’s black players have said their families would not travel to watch the games because of the fear of violence.

Balotelli made his intentions in an interview with the ‘France Football’ magazine. He said: “I cannot racism. It's unacceptable for me. If it happened again I would away leave the pitch and go home. We are in 2012. It can't happen….I hope it will without problem.” The player has had of experience of suffering racial abuse, including having a banana thrown at him in Rome. Talking about that , he said: “If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail because I will kill them.” Ukraine's foreign ministry said racism in Ukrainian football was a “ up and mythical problem” and that racism was worse in EU countries.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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