Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined Â£25,000 ($39,176) and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments.
Balotelli had already accepted a charge of an aggravated breach of Football Association rule E3, relating to references of ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality or religion or belief, after his posting of an image of computer game character Super Mario on Instagram which included the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.
The Italy international did not request a personal hearing, but submitted written mitigation to an independent disciplinary panel, who handed out the punishment on Thursday.
Balotelli will now miss Liverpool’s match at home to Arsenal on Sunday, subject to any appeal.
However, Balotelli suggested there would be no appeal after pledging to abide by the governing body’s decision.
“Following the recent events related to my ‘Super Mario’ post, the FA decision has made clear that it was wrong,” he wrote.
“I am sorry that my team-mates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalised for something I did and now come to regret.
“It is my intention to comply with the decision of the FA and make sure it never happens again.”
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