Mario Balotelli, the Liverpool striker, faces a Football Association investigation and possible five-match ban for an inflammatory social media message that has earned him a public rebuke from his club and an angry response from the Jewish Leadership Council.
Balotelli posted and then swiftly deleted an image on his Instagram page depicting the computer game character ‘Super Mario’ alongside a racial stereotype and anti-Semitic remark:
Jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.
Balotelli then tried to defend his actions on Twitter.
My Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please.
Rio Ferdinand was fined and banned for three games for a tweet referencing gender this season, having earlier incurred the FA’s wrath for appearing to endorse someone’s else’s offensive tweet regarding Ashley Cole. All players are aware of the impact their social media updates can bring, so Balotelli should be ready for a through investigation.
He will also be sure to face the wrath of his club who are aware of the situation and have already released a statement stating they will be ‘speaking to the player about the issue‘.