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Inter fined after fans racially abuse absent Balotelli

New AC Milan star Mario Balotelli emerged as a major talent at rivals Inter Milan. Credit: REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Inter Milan have been fined 15,000 euros (£12,900) by the Italian football league after fans chanted racist abuse about Mario Balotelli - during a game in which the striker was not even playing.

The Inter supporters' chants about the club's former player, now the new star man of city rivals AC Milan, were heard during the first half of Sunday night's 3-1 victory over Chievo.

A statement published on the official Serie A site confirmed the club fine after supporters "directed expressions of racial discrimination to the player of another club". Inter president Massimo Moratti added his condemnation.

The vice-president of AC Milan Paulo Berlusconi, the younger brother of former Italian prime minister Silvio, also recently apologised for racist remarks he made about Balotelli, who joined the club from Manchester City last month.