FIFA World Cup: Mario Balotelli Lashes out at 'Racist' Detractors

As a rare Italy international of African origin -- his birth parents are Ghanaian -- Mario Balotelli stands out in an Italy shirt and he has been subjected to some rather insensitive comments after the defeat against Uruguay.

updated: June 25, 2014 22:11 IST
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"I'm Mario Balotelli, I'm 23 and I didn't choose to be Italian."

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Paris: Controversial star Mario Balotelli has hit out at what he describes as his "racist" detractors after being blamed for Italy's World Cup exit.

Balotelli, 23, cut a lost and frustrated figure as Italy went down 1-0 to Uruguay on Tuesday to end their interest in the World Cup.

Coach Cesare Prandelli hauled off an ineffective Balotelli, who scored the winner in the Azzurri's opening match against England, at half-time against Uruguay.

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