Porto reject City racism claims

Updated: February 18, 2012

Porto have said they are surprised with Manchester City’s allegations that Mario Balotelli was racially abused by the Porto fans.

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City have lodged an official complaint with UEFA after Balotelli was allegedly the victim of monkey chants during City’s 2-1 victory over Porto on Thursday.

UEFA is waiting for the match delegation to make its official report before deciding what action to take.

Talking to the Daily Telegraph, Porto spokesman Rui Cerqueira said: “What we can basically say is that nothing abnormal happened. No one noticed anything strange, not even the UEFA delegates that worked closely with Porto during the match.

“We are very proud of having a multi-racial team, with players from all backgrounds and to have achieved many titles with respect. Porto players have never felt the slightest hint of racism and we were very surprised with the accusations.”

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