Mario Balotelli hits back at supporters over ‘Italian blood’ racist banner

• Striker urges fans to ‘wake up’ after spotting offensive message
• Balotelli dedicates goal against Saudi Arabia to Davide Astori

Mario Balotelli has urged Italy supporters to “wake up” after his goalscoring return to the national team was soured by an offensive banner in the stands.

Balotelli scored in Roberto Mancini’s first game in charge – a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Monday – but after had a message for supporters that appeared to display a racist message aimed at Balotelli.

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Frank Lampard poised to become new manager of Derby County

• Former England midfielder has held talks over vacancy
• Derby hope to make formal announcement this week

Frank Lampard has resumed talks with Derby County in regards to becoming the club’s new manager, it is understood.

The East Midlands club, who lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-finals, hope to be in a position to make an announcement this week.

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Sunderland’s new owner likely to appeal demotion of women’s team

• Stewart Donald likely to go to arbitration by 11 June
• Women’s side likely to have to start season in third tier

Sunderland’s new owner, Stewart Donald, has voiced concern for the fate of his club’s women’s team and indicated that Melanie Copeland and her players may no longer be regarded as an unwanted drain on resources.

On Monday Sunderland Ladies became the biggest losers in the Football Association’s restructure of the English women’s leagues when they lost top-flight status, were refused a second-tier slot and found themselves left hoping to be accommodated on the third rung of the domestic pyramid.

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