Porto face disciplinary hearing over Balotelli chanting

London: Porto will face a disciplinary hearing after opponents Manchester City complained that striker Mario Balotelli suffered racist abuse during their Europa League match last Thursday.

European football`s governing body UEFA said it was investigating "improper conduct" by Porto supporters and the hearing would take place on March 29.

"Following a complaint lodged by Manchester City, UEFA has today opened disciplinary proceedings against Porto for the improper conduct of supporters," UEFA said in a statement.

Racism is a hot topic in English football at present with Liverpool`s Luis Suarez having served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United`s Patrice Evra.

Chelsea captain John Terry is awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to a charge of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last October.

Bureau Report