Dortmund striker Batshuayi racially abused at game in Italy

Atalanta's Marten De Roon, right, and Dortmund's Michy Batshuayi compete for the ball during an Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

By The Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted: "2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands ... really ?!"

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

Batshuayi tweeted to Atalanta fans: "Hope you have fun watching the rest of (at)EuropaLeague on TV while we are through (hash)SayNoToRacism"

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta's home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.

Updated February 22, 2018