VIDEO: AC Milan striker Balotelli reduced to tears on Essien debut
It was a powerful, yet painful moment for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli as he returned to the bench during the team’s match against Napoli.
Balotelli was on the bench hiding behind a jacket after being subbed out with 15 minutes remaining.
When he removed the jacket, the camera caught a flood of tears streaming down his face.
Allegedly, as multiple sources in Europe reported, Napoli fans had been shouting racial slurs at Balotelli — whose parents are from Ghana — and they were awful enough to reduce the 23-year-old to tears.
After the match, AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf did not address Balotelli’s tears other than to say that they were not “abnormal.”
“We are players and there are times when we express ourselves that way. I see nothing wrong or abnormal in that. I experienced it at times too,” he told Sky Sport Italia.