Liverpool and Italy striker, Mario Balotelli has once again found himself in trouble. This time, the striker has apologised for uploading a picture on his instagram account which was deemed offensive.
The 24-year-old uploaded a picture of Nintendo character, Super Mario on his social media but promptly deleted the image. However, the image was viewed by thousands and now the FA will be investigating the incident according to BBC Sport.
The picture posted by the Italian striker had an image of ‘Super Mario’ with the heading “Dont be a racist!” The text read: “Be like Mario, he’s an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican.” It finished: “He jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.”
Balotelli was quick to apologise for his misjudgement and said, “I apologise 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.
“Not all Mexicans have a moustache, not all black people jump high and not all Jewish people love money.
“I used a cartoon done by somebody else because it has Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I’m sorry.”
This is not the Italian’s first incident off the pitch and I doubt it will be the last. The striker has struggled to adapt to life at Liverpool and is yet to find his goalscoring feet at Anfield. With another mark against his name, will Balotelli be in England much longer?
By Oliver Baines | December 2nd, 2014