The Italian was only given a one match ban for the offensive post…
The FA have explained the reasons behind the short ban that was given to Mario Balotelli for his controversial social media post last week.
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The post contained a picture of the video game character Super Mario and said that he “jumps like a Black man and grabs coins like a Jew.”
The player received a one match ban alongside a £25,000 fine and being told to attend a mandatory educational course. This was far less than the eight game ban Luis Suarez received for what was ruled a racist comment three years ago.
The governing body of football in England have said that the player’s remorse over the incident is why they spared him from a harsher punishment. The 24-year-old deleted the post shortly after it was seen by people, and apologised several times for any offence that he caused.
The defence that the Italian’s representatives put forward was that the controversial incident only occurred due to ignorance and thoughtlessness on the part of the offending party. This was accepted by the FA, as well as other mitigating factors.
His Jewish and Ghanaian heritage was also taken in to account when they were deciding on the punishment that the Reds player should face. Racial abuse that he has received in the past was presented to the committee as evidence of how he himself had suffered from the problem in the past.
The former Manchester City player has ruled out making an appeal over the decision.