Mario Balotelli looks set to be engulfed in more controversy after these latest reports…
Less than a week after being accused of anti-Semitism over a controversial post on social media, press reports have claimed that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli painted his skin pink as a kid, in an attempt to ‘cover up being black’.
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The Italian has reportedly been on the receiving end of racism for much of his life, to the extend where he attempted to avoid the abuse by any means necessary. Balotelli has already been charged by the FA over his latest misdemeanant, and could also face a two match ban.
FA officials deemed that the player’s reposting of an image of the Nintendo character Super Mario was inappropriate. The Instagram post included the sentence “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a jew” underneath the cartoon character with whom he shares a nickname.
Reports in the Guardian explain that the 24-year-old quickly deleted the image and, having denied the accusations of racism and antisemitism on Twitter and pointing out that his foster mother is Jewish, issued an apology for any offence caused.
Balotelli submitted observations on the incident to the FA on Friday in which he detailed examples of the racist abuse he has suffered during a high-profile career with Internazionale, Manchester City, Milan and Liverpool.
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