Balotelli reveals zero tolerance to racism approach
Controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli says he will not put up with racial abuse at Euro 2012 while playing for Italy.
The 21-year-old has already made more headlines than most players manage in a whole career but this time few can doubt his sentiments.
The Azzurri ace is of Ghanaian descent and has already found himself singled out while playing in Italy because of the colour of his skin.
Balotelli has now come out and vowed to stage a walk-out if he is the victim at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, amid fears far-right supporters could cause problems at the UEFA showpiece.
"If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to prison because I will kill him. Racism is unacceptable to me, I cannot bear it," he said.
"I hope there will not be a problem at the Euros because if it does happen I would straight away leave the pitch and go home. We are in 2012, it can't happen."
Meanwhile, Balotelli has continued to add to his colourful character by claiming to be a "genius" who "few are able to judge".