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‘Super Mario’ was presented with an anti-racism award yesterday and admitted to looking forward to tonight’s clash with the Vesuviani at the San Paolo...

Inter starlet Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist chants in Turin last weekend, as the Nerazzurri took on Juventus, and the episode grabbed plenty of headlines on the peninsula.

Juve were condemned to play one game behind closed doors and several of Calcio's leading figures have pledged to join forces in a bid to kick racism out of the game.

Naples City Council has initiated its own campaign and Balotelli received a plate at the Hotel Excelsior yesterday.

“This plate that the City of Naples gives you is a symbol that needs to be conveyed to all the children in order to overcome cultural and skin colour differences,” councillor Nicola Oddati told a smiling Balotelli.

The 18-year-old was then asked about this evening's clash with the Azzurri at the San Paolo and he said that he can’t wait to face his Italy Under-21 team-mate Fabiano Santacroce, who recently had his driving licence suspended for drink driving.

“You should just give it back, he can’t drive around in cabs forever,” joked Balotelli.

“As for the match, the San Paolo is a very important stadium and I’m sure it will be exciting.”
 
Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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