Porto coach says racism allegations are misunderstanding

Manchester: Manchester City`s complaints that striker Mario Balotelli suffered racist abuse during their Europa League match in Portugal last week were probably the product of a misunderstanding, Porto coach Vitor Pereira said.

"I did not notice anything, it was probably a misunderstanding which will be clarified by the due authorities. We don`t usually have racism-related problems in Portuguese stadiums," Pereira said at a news conference in Manchester on Tuesday ahead of the second leg.

European football`s governing body UEFA announced a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday to investigate "improper conduct" by Porto supporters.

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