02/12/2014

Mario Balotelli apologises for his offensive post

Mario Balotelli apologises for his offensive post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has apologised for a post on social media which provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism. The 24 year old reposted a Nintendo character Super Mario image that underneath had the words "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a jew."

Balotelli quickly deleted the Instagram image, before tweeting: "My Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please," a reference to his foster mother, Silvia. Balotelli insisted in his apology that the image was meant to be 'anti-racist with humour', but if he is charged by the FA he could face a five-match ban.