Balotelli charged by FA


Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association following allegedly racist and anti-semitic comments on social media.

Balotelli reposted an image of computer game character Super Mario on Instagram earlier this week, which included the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.

The FA announced in a statement: “Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media.

“It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

“It is further alleged that this is an ‘aggravated breach’ as defined by FA rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”

Balotelli has until 6pm on December 15 to respond to the charge.

A Liverpool club spokesperson commented: “We acknowledge the FA’s decision and the player will work through the process to answer the charge.

“While that process is on-going the club will not be making any further comment.”

The striker apologised on Monday, writing on Twitter: “I apologize if I’ve offended anyone. The post was meant to be anti-racist with humour. I now understand that out of context (it) may have the opposite effect.”

Balotelli had until 6pm on Friday to submit an explanation for his comments to the FA and he reportedly provided evidence of the discrimination he has faced during in his career.

The 24-year-old, who will miss Liverpool’s match against Sunderland on Saturday with a groin injury, has scored only two goals in his 14 appearances for the club this season.

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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