Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli might be in some serious trouble after the English Football Association has charged him for posting a controversial Instagram post which many viewed as racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli posted the following on Instagram, and was quick to delete it after as well:
— Jenny Brown (@cfc_jb) December 1, 2014
Even though Balotelli deleted it, it was too late as the whole world was quick to see it. Balotelli later issued an apology stating that it was not supposed to be racist, but the FA still decided to charge him. The minimum punishment for this charge is a suspension for 5 matches.
According to the Washington Post, the specific charge was for violating FA Rule E3 which is “abusive and/or insulting and/or improper” language. The Washington Post also said that the FA also deemed Balotelli’s charge as an “Aggravated Breach,” which is defined by FA Rule E3 for referencing “ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.”
Liverpool also issued a statement saying, “We acknowledge the FA’s decision and the player will work through the process to answer the charge. While that process is on-going the club will make no further comment.”
Balotelli must respond to the charge by Dec. 15. It still astonishes me that star athletes such as Balotelli do not consider all the repercussions of their actions before they hit the “post” button. Completely unacceptable.