I find it amazing that such a mainstream paper as the Gazzetta Dello Sport would print an image like that.  The cartoonist explains this as a clumsy attempt at humour, but to me it merely reveals how the Italian culture struggles to engage with Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli has faced racism from the stands in the Serie and so the reaction is not confined to just Croatian and Spanish fans in this Euro.

The Gazetta issued a statement“if certain readers found the cartoon offensive, we apologise.”  But they unbelievably reject accusations that the cartoon was racially motivated!

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.