Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli apologises for Instagram picture
Balotelli claims that Instagram post was “anti-racist” although some accuse him of being anti-Semitic
December 2nd, 2014
Mario Balotelli is in hot water again, with Brendan Rodgers probably wishing he could turn back the clock and elect not to sign the controversial Italian.
Balotelli and social media don’t seem to mix very well, with the former Manchester City forward posting a picture on Instagram which has prompted accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.
The forward claims that he intended the opposite with his post to show that the Super Mario character is a mixture of all different nationalities and creeds, although he has subsequently apologised.
“I apologize if I’ve offended anyone. The post was meant to be anti-racist with humour,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I now understand that out of context [it] may have the opposite effect. Not all Mexicans have moustache, not all black people jump high and not all Jewish people love money. I used a cartoon done by someone else because it had Super Mario and I thought it was funny and not offensive. Again, I’m sorry.”
Balotelli currently has a groin injury which has ruled him out of tonight’s clash against Leicester City, with Rodgers considering whether to offload the Italian in January after the forward has made a limited impact at Anfield.