Serie A - Racism not behind 'beautiful' Balotelli tears

Clarence Seedorf has dismissed rumours Mario Balotelli’s tears during the AC Milan-Napoli match were down to racist abuse.

Serie A - Racism not behind 'beautiful' Balotelli tears

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AC Milan's Mario Balotelli reacts as he sits on the bench during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Napoli at San Paolo stadium in Naples February 8, 2014 (Reuters)

The striker broke down on the bench after his substitution during Milan’s 3-1 defeat to Napoli after he had just missed a great scoring opportunity at the Stadio San Paolo.

There have been some reports outside Italy that he was crying because of racist abuse from the Napoli fans, but there appears to be no evidence of this.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” said coach Seedorf in a press conference.

“Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game,” added Seedorf in an interview with Mediaset Premium

“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.”

Team-mate Ignazio Abate suggested the tears were not of anger, but of disappointment.

“Mario really cares about doing well with Milan and making his mark. He is sentimental. It’s a shame that he got so downhearted about it, as he needs to keep his head up.”

It has been an emotional few days for Balotelli, as DNA tests proved he is a father to Pia, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend Raffaella Fico, and Balotelli wrote an open letter to explain his emotions at this discovery, which brings to an end a lengthy and often bitter legal battle. 

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