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Friday, 19 December 2014

FA Suspends Liverpool Striker for One Game Over ‘Offensive’ Post

Mario Balotelli anti semitic instagram post

England’s Football Association handed a one-game suspension to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli over an offensive Instagram post, which he deleted moments after being posted.

Balotelli posted on his Instagram page an image that depicted ‘Super Mario’ with the caption “Don’t be racist!” beneath the character were the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” He later deleted the post and apologized the next day.

In a statement, the Football Association said that Balotelli will be suspended for one game. He was also fined with £25,000.

“The charge was that an image the Liverpool player posted on social media was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3(1). Furthermore, the posting was considered to be an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in FA Rule E3(2) in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief,” the statement said.

“Mr Balotelli has also been ordered to attend an education programme.”

After hearing of the ruling, Balotelli posted the following on Instagram: “I am sorry that my team-mates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalized for something I did and now come to regret. It is my decision to comply with the decision of the FA and make sure it never happens again.

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