Porto slapped with racism fine

Porto have been given a €20,000 (£16,700) fine by Uefa after their fans were found guilty of making racist chants towards Mario Balotelli in their Europa League clash with Manchester City.

The organisation’s disciplinary body had met to investigate the claims, with the Portuguese champions being adjudged to be in the wrong.

“The UEFA control and disciplinary body has imposed a fine of €20,000 on FC Porto for racist conduct of their supporters at their first-leg round of 32 UEFA Europa League match against Manchester City FC on 16 February in Porto,” an official statement reads.

City complained about the monkey chanting after the 2-1 victory, which were evident throughout the game, but intensified when the Italy international was substituted with 12 minutes remaining.

Porto coach Vitor Pereira dismissed the claims, stating that the Estadio do Dragao faithful were actually chanting, “Hulk, Hulk, Hulk” at the club’s striker, but this has been disproved.

Porto have three days to appeal against Uefa’s decision.

By Gareth McKnight