A small group of young men reportedly shouted racist abuse towards Mario Balotelli during today’s pre-World Cup training with Italy.
The Azzurri are at the Italian Football Federation’s headquarters in Coverciano for a first week of on-field preparations ahead of this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Reports in Italy are that an unsavoury incident occurred during this morning's session, when a group of young men outside the training camp shouted racist abuse towards Balotelli.
The Milan man was reported as initially upset at the incident, before dismissing it and is quoted as telling teammates: “Unbelievable. Only in Rome and Florence do these things happen.”
Police are reported to have intervened in the situation.