UEFA probing Balotelli racism claims

12 June 2012 12:17

UEFA on Tuesday said that it was investigating claims Italy striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during the country's Group C match against Spain.

"Following the provision of new independent information today (Tuesday) regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting in the Spain-Italy and Russia-Czech Republic matches, UEFA is now conducting further investigations," it said in a statement.

"There are, however, no disciplinary proceedings open at this moment in time."

But Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Monday rejected outright claims in a British newspaper that Spanish fans taunted Manchester City player Balotelli with monkey noises during the 1-1 draw in Gdansk, northern Poland.

"That's absolutely untrue," said the Azzurri coach.

Balotelli, 21, has said that he would walk off the pitch if he were racially abused by fans.

Source: AFP