AC worried over Balotelli abuse at Milan derby

Feb 23, 2013, 02:42 IST | AFP

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said yesterday he hopes fans of city rivals Inter will give former striker Mario Balotelli a "normal" welcome when the sides meet in a hotly-anticipated derby tomorrow.

The Milan derby is one of the most fiercely-contested in Italy, but tomorrow’s match has been given special significance after Balotelli’s recent signing for the Rossoneri from Manchester City. Prior to playing in the Premier League, the controversial Italy striker was on the books at Inter.

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli

“I hope fans will give him a normal welcome,” said Galliani, “We didn’t tear him away from Inter, but from Manchester City, so I hope he won’t suffer any kind of abuse.”

Although Balotelli was a success with the Nerazzurri, where he won the treble of Serie A title, Italian Cup and Champions League under coach Jose Mourinho in 2010, he is expected to be given a hostile reception. Whether Balotelli will celebrate if he scores also remains to be seen.

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