Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben

SMH: Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport published a photo-illustration of Italy’s star striker, Mario Balotelli, as King Kong atop Big Ben swatting away soccer balls. Wow, so much for Euro 2012 being marred by racism, but coming from a newspaper is downright insensitive. The cartoon came after Italy beat England in a penalty kick 4-2 shoot-out. I guess UEFA needn’t just look to Poland and Ukraine for racism. They should also look to other European countries. I am pretty sure when Balotelli addressed racism concerns in Poland and Ukraine, as well as when Croatian soccer fans taunted him, he wasn’t thinking his country of Italy would sink to the same level:

mario balotelli portrayed as king kong Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben

Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben (NY Daily News)

UPDATE#1 (06/27/12): La Gazzetta dello Sport issues an apology for the racist cartoon of Mario Balotelli as King Kong:

“It was not our cartoonist Valerio Marini best work. At the moment, it needed a little more discretion and good taste. But we have always been against racism and against Balotelli Emil ahvihüüdeid do not have to accept, “said the representative of the newspaper. (translated from Estonian by Google Translate)


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 Italian Newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport Portrays Mario Balotelli as King Kong Atop Big Ben
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