Monday, December 1, 2014
Black football player Mario Balotelli could be facing a Football Association investigation over posts on social media which provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism
The Liverpool striker reposted an image from the computer game 'Super Mario' on his Instagram page which included the comment "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew". Former FA executive and current chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council Simon Johnson said that Balotelli should face action. "We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found," Johnson said. "We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football." Under the FA's social media guidelines, the minimum ban for race-related breaches of rules is five games.