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Liverpools' Balotelli charged by FA for 'anti-semitic' social media post

Reuters , Friday 5 Dec 2014
Italy's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Uruguay at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for a social media post, the FA said on Friday.

The Italian forward apologised on Tuesday for his Instagram post, subsequently deleted, which appeared to contain potentially racist and anti-Semitic references.

"It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper," the FA said on their website.

"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 colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief."

Balotelli has until Dec. 15 to respond to the charge.

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