Written by Staff Writer
22 Sep, 2014 | 1:52 pm
Mario Balotelli found himself on the receiving end of yet more racist abuse on Sunday after a jokey reference to Manchester United F.C.’s shock defeat by Leicester City sparked a flurry of invective on social media.
Police later confirmed they were looking into the abuse that had come the Liverpool striker’s way, with a Merseyside Police statement saying: “We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli.”
Sunday saw Leicester come from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United, Liverpool’s arch-rivals, 5-3 in a stunning match at the King Power Stadium.
Italy forward Balotelli, whose first spell in English football was with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, responded to the remarkable result by tweeting “Man Utd…LOL (Laugh Out Loud)”.
But the black forward, the son of immigrants from Ghana but fostered by the white, Italian Balotelli family in his formative years, saw his comment met by several racist messages.
Balotelli, a member of the Liverpool, has been a victim of racist abuse in the past.
He was jeered by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous racial taunts during his time at Internazionale and, more recently, AC Milan.
– Foreign News
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