The game was stopped early in the second half after Roma fans jeered the Milan striker Mario Balotelli. A warning was announced over the public address system and play resumed.
Allegri criticised the interruption ... as an unsuccessful compromise and said that Balotelli was being increasingly taunted by abuse. "People should go to the stadium to see two teams battling each other on the pitch, not this sort of thing, it's a place for the uncivilised," he told Milan's website "Above all, the culture in Italy is backward – tonight we had racism, laser beams flashed in the eyes of players and an interrupted match."
Meanwhile: The English Football Association will vote to "introduce minimum five-game bans for racial abuse. The
sanction ... is in response to concerns about a resurgence of racism
in the English game," reports the AP.
Watch the video at around 1:00 and listen to the monkey chants AFTER THE JUMP ...
Football superstar and newly-minted "icon and hero" Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring both of Italy's points during Thursday's 2-1 upset over Germany in the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match. Italy will face Spain in the final on Sunday.
Balotelli was shown a yellow card after stripping off his jersey after his first goal ...
Balotelli's scoring is sweet revenge after the racist abuse he suffered earlier in the EURO 2012 games. A few more images AFTER THE JUMP ...
European football's governing body has announced it will discipline Croatia after "hundreds" of fans hurled racist abuse, "monkey chants" and threw several bananas at Italy's Black football superstar Mario Balotelli. It happened Thursday during Croatia's 1-1 draw against Italy at the European Championships in Poland, reports the Daily Mail and SKY Sports.
UEFA acted after the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) network announced on Friday their observers heard between 300 and 500 Croatia fans chanting monkey noises at Italy striker Balotelli in Thursday's match. That followed reports a photographer witnessed a steward retrieving a banana from the pitch as well as hearing the same chants.
It is understood UEFA are still probing allegations the Manchester City striker, 21, was subjected to monkey chants in Italy's opening match against Spain on Sunday. Saturday's announcement of proceedings against Croatia followed a 25,000-euro ($33,000 USD) fine on Friday after their fans set off and threw fireworks and missiles, and a supporter invaded the pitch, during Sunday's win over Republic of Ireland.
This is just the latest and perhaps most egregious example of racist abuse at the EURO 2012 games. Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was subjected to monkey chants during his side's opener against Russia last Friday. The Netherlands' four Black players also faced racist jeers from on-lookers during training on Wednesday.
The EURO 2012 games are hosted by Poland and Ukraine, which was represented last month at Eurovision by a Black contestant. "Of the 20 selected national teams, 8 have at least one black player," reports Afro-Europe. England, France and the Netherlands have the highest number of Black players.
Mario Balotelli, Italy's first born-and-bred black footballing superstar, covers the May 26 issue of Vanity Fair Italy. Last weekend the 19-year-old striker—born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants—carried the Serie A trophy for Inter Milan after defeating Barcelona.