Saturday, December 6, 2014

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli charged over Instagram post.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was charged yesterday by English Football Association over racial Instagram posts. The player who is infamously known for stirring up all sorts of controversies was charged for reposting a Nintendo character Super Mario image with the caption- “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.” 
Photo Credit: Instagram

From the entire post which starts with the heading-” Don't be racist” it seems the player did not intend to concoct any harmful stereotype but was simply expressing himself and views on racism. The FA however did not agree with this as they have since charged Balotelli in relation to his recent posting, the statement from the FA reads-
It is alleged that 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 color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”
The player has until 6pm on 15 December 2014 to respond to the charge”

The 24-year-old Italian player has since deleted the post which was followed by an abrupt apology on Twitter in which he said: “ My mom is Jewish so all of u shut up please”
Balotelli further explained his Instagram post on Tuesday via social networking site, Twitter- “was meant to be anti-racist with humor, I now understand that out of context may have the opposite effect. Not all Mexicans have mustaches,  all black people jump high and not all Jewish people have money.”
Decribing his medium of communication the former Inter Milan and AC Milan player said- “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.

Despite all the frenzy his post has caused the team, Liverpool has decided to keep the player on and will support him should he decide to fight the charge. Liverpool in a recent statement said Balotelli will go through necessary process to answer the charge that he breached Rule E3 of the FA regulations.

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