Balotelli to be investigated for ‘racist’ Instagram post

2014-12-02 07:30

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London – Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli is to be investigated by the Football Association (FA) for a potentially racist and anti-Semitic social media post.

The Italian later deleted the post from his Instagram page.

“We are aware of the posting which has since been promptly deleted by the player,” a Liverpool spokesperson told the BBC.

“We will be speaking to the player about the issue.”

Balotelli reposted an image of video game character Super Mario that contained the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.

The Instagram post which Balotelli has since deleted.

Former FA executive Simon Johnson, who is the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said the 24-year-old should be punished.

“We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found,” he told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.”

Balotelli later took to Twitter to defend himself, saying: “My Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please.”

He was referring to his foster mother, Silvia.

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