Mario Balotelli insists he feels a responsibility to speak out about racism in football after being the subject of monkey chants while playing for Nice in Ligue 1.
The striker accused Bastia supporters of racially abusing him during a game in January, writing on Instagram: "Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noises for the whole game and nobody from the 'discipline commission' says anything?"
Balotelli also experienced racism while playing for AC Milan in Serie A and he said he spoke out about the Bastia incident to represent those who do not have a public profile but experience similar abuse.
"The problem is that it is a problem that is bigger than football," Balotelli told RMC.
"During the match I could not say anything. But that is not fair, it is not fair for others who couldn't say anything.
"So I said something for them. I have a nice life, I could say something. I want to speak about it."
Yesterday the result against Bastia was right.. we will work more and try to get our objective.. the referee was good too but I have a question for French people.. Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise end "uh uh" for the whole game and no one of the "commissions discipline " say nothing? So is racism LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia ? Football is an amazing sport .. those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible ! VERGOGNA DAVVERO. UNE VRAIE HONTE .