Liverpool’s Balotelli could face punishment after issuing apology for social media post

Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli could find himself on the end of FA action following a post on social media site Instagram, for which he has now issued an apology, Sky Sports is reporting.

Balotelli used an image of Super Mario – a nickname and picture he often uses for himself – that depicted many stereotypes of different ethic backgrounds before the post was subsequently deleted.

The Italian, who has been on the end of multiple cases of racism in the past himself, had claimed that the picture was used as “anti racism” humour but has since issued an official apology for his use of the image.

The 24-year-old tweeted: “I apologise if I’ve offended anyone, the post was meant to be anti-racist with humour.

“I now understand that out of context may have the opposite effect. Not all Mexicans have moustaches, not all black people jump high and not all Jewish people love money.

“I used a cartoon done by someone else because it has Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I’m sorry.”

A Liverpool spokesman confirmed the club were aware of the situation and would speak to their player about the incident.

An FA investigation would spell bad news for the striker – under the associations guidelines any race related breaches on social media carry a minimum five game automatic ban.

This comes just a week after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was charged by the FA over his comments in an interview about Jewish and Chinese people.

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