Ciro Immobile 'upset' by Mario Balotelli racial abuse

Ciro Immobile of Torino FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on April 27, 2014
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Italy striker Ciro Immobile expresses his disgust at the spectators who racially abused Mario Balotelli during a training session.

Italy forward Ciro Immobile has expressed his disgust after teammate Mario Balotelli was subjected to racial abuse by a group of youths during a training session.

The gang hurled verbal insults at the AC Milan striker while he trained at the team's pre-World Cup base near Florence on Wednesday evening.

Immobile said that he was "upset" by the incident, but was quick to praise Balotelli for the way he handled it.

"In 2014, we shouldn't have to deal with racism. We have to improve as a nation. Fortunately, Mario was very calm. We will try to make appeals so these episodes do not happen again," he told reporters.

"I'm not ashamed of being Italian but I do get upset by this type of behaviour."

Italy have been placed in Group D for this summer's World Cup finals, along with England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Czech Republic during their World Cup qualifier on September 10, 2013
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