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Racist abuse on social media shows no sign of diminishing in European football. British police launched an investigation into abusive tweets sent to Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.
Manchester United had always been all-time rival for the team Liverpool. After Manchester United’s surprise defeat by Leicester City in the English Premier League, the Italian professional tweeted “Man Utd…LOL” on Sunday. This was taken as a provoking discriminatory response from the Liverpool striker.
Mario Balotelli’s tweet was retweeted 150,000 times. Finally met with a torrent of abuse for certain. Merseyside Police on their official feed said-
“We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli”
“We extend our support to Mario Balotelli after the appalling racist abuse”
A large number of social media users alerted on the police official account. During the 2013/14 season, there had been 50% of all complaints related to social media abuse.
“The issue has been escalating and we urge fellow social media users to assist in bringing this type of abuse to the attention of the authorities”
Mario Balotelli racially abused:
Previously Mario Balotelli has spoken of this issue. He was then an AC Milan player. In an interview with CNN he spoke of preferring off the pitch due to racial abuse.
That time, he was subjected to racist chanting during an Italian league game against Roma at San Siro stadium, AC Milan.
Mario Balotelli put his fingers to his lips in front of the visiting supporter section. Fans directed “monkey chants” at the 22-year-old and then teammate Kevin Prince-Boateng at the same time.
Mario Balotelli joined Liverpool from AC Milan Milan in a $26.5 million deal in August.
The Italian International has scored one goal since signing. It was at the 2-1 Champions League win against Ludogorets for Liverpool. But the Merseyside club has had an uncertain start to the domestic season. They have loosen three of their opening five games in BPL.
After a turbulent two-and-a-half-year stint with Manchester City, Mario Balotelli knows very well about the English fans. He helped his previous BPL team winning a First time League title in 44 years. He also got a cult following for his off-field antics that time.
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