Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli believes that nothing can be done to change the ways of racist people because they are inherently stupid.
In an interview with America’s iconic Time Magazine the Italian international born to Ghanaian parents spoke frankly about the racist abuse he has suffered during his football career.
The 22-year-old was on the receiving end of racist chants while playing for Inter Milan in Italy and he believes the problem is far worse in his homeland than in England.
‘Racist people are few and you can do nothing against [to change] them,’ said Balotelli.
‘You can talk, you can do what you want, but you can’t do anything because they are just stupid people.
‘When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian,’ he says. ‘The racism only started when I started to play football.’
This is coming as Gavin Kirkham, 28, the Chelsea supporter who was spotted in the stands making a monkey gesture at Welbeck during Chelsea’s 5-4 win in the Capital One Cup clash at Stamford Bridge, told friend: ‘I had a couple of pints and got a bit leary but I’m not a bad lad.’ Adding, ‘I just got wrapped up in the match’ and that he was ‘totally ashamed’ of his actions during the match against Manchester United. ‘I’m not racist. I’m just one of the boys’ he concluded.