Thursday November 18 2010
Ledesma shrugs off racist banner

Cristian Ledesma says he can't wait to wear the Italy jersey again and replied to the banners questioning his nationality.

The Lazio midfielder made his Azzurri debut in the 1-1 draw with Romania last night, but there were some who asked if he should've made the switch from Argentina.

“I can't wait to wear the Azzurri jersey again,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

While Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino suggested “people should play for their own countries,” some in the stands for Wednesday's game went too far.

They hurled racist abuse at Mario Balotelli and held up banners that declared: ‘Italy is for Italians.'

“I don't care in the slightest about the racist banner towards me and Balotelli,” replied Ledesma.

“I was, however, disappointed by the jeers. We heard those on the pitch.”

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