In Italy, Balotelli struggles for acceptance

The Independent has an article about Jose Mourinho not being particularly effusive about Mario Balotelli’s scintillating performance against Rubin Kazan. He has had his share of run ins with the mercurial striker regarding his lazy attitude and diva like behaviour. So he held off on the praise.
Supporters call Balotelli a target of racial ignorance and fear in an insular country, while critics say that the real fault lies in his grandstanding attitude on the pitch that rubs people off the wrong way.
Whatever it is, Balotelli seems to have brought out the Rush Limbaugh in many Italians.

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