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UEFA launch inquiry into monkey chants aimed at Italy striker Balotelli
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Dailymail

UEFA have announced they are to investigate allegations of racist chanting directed at Mario Balotelli during Sunday's Euro 2012 draw between Italy and Spain in Gdansk.

Fans' Embassy of Football Supporters Europe (FSE) have detailed the abuse Balotelli received from Spain supporters and UEFA have decided to launch an inquiry into that game, plus Russia's encounter with the Czech Republic on Friday.

UEFA launch inquiry into monkey chants aimed at Italy striker Balotelli
Centre of attention: The Italian striker was jeered by some sections of the Spain support

'Following the provision of new independent information today, regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting in the Spain-Italy and Russia-Czech Republic matches, UEFA is now conducting further investigations,' UEFA said in a statement.

'There are, however, no disciplinary proceedings opened at this moment in time.'

It is the latest in a sequence of events that make uncomfortable reading ahead of a potentially powerkeg encounter between co-hosts Poland and Russia in Warsaw this evening.

Holland skipper Marc van Bommel was the first to complain of racist chanting during a training session in Krakow.

Frustrating: Balotelli punches the turf after failing to get the better of Spain

Trouble at Russia's encounter with the Czech Republic followed before the alleged taunts at
Balotelli, who had previously claimed he would walk off the pitch if he heard anything to that effect.

Yesterday, Italy manager Cesare Prandelli rejected claims that Balotelli had been abused.

'That's absolutely untrue,' he said. However, eye witnesses said the abuse was clear. Thomas Herzog, member of the FSE Fans Embassy team for Spanish supporters, said:

'We were present during the match inside the football stadium and stayed inside the stand of the Spanish supporters over the entire course of the match.

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