Liverpool Mario Balotelli can't help but make trouble for himself.
He posted a light-hearted anti-racism message about the SuperMario Nintendo character onto his Instagram page on Monday evening, which contained the following phrase:
'He jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew'.
Balotelli posted this on Instagram then quickly deleted it. pic.twitter.com/5M6ET5SjSN— Anfield Leak (@AnfieldLeak) December 1, 2014
The stereotype depiction of Jewish people as money-grabbers is exactly what Wigan chairman Dave Whelan landed himself in trouble with last month, claiming they 'chase money'. He has been charged by the FA.
Hearing the criticism, Balotelli took to Twitter to suggest no ill will was meant, especially given his mum is Jewish. But is it too little too late?
( my Mom is jewish so all of u shut up please)— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) December 1, 2014
The Telegraph have already suggested the striker faces an 'anti-Semitism' storm, and it's controversy the striker could have done without bringing on himself.
Earlier in the day, Balotelli had posted a photo, which he deleted, poking fun at former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's biting.
Mario Balotelli posts fake picture of Suarez biting him to Twitter and Instagram He later deleted the post. pic.twitter.com/RwAiAnGsUd— Sportive23.net (@Sportive23_) December 1, 2014
While he has not been much help on the pitch since signing, perhaps it's best he recovers from injury promptly, if only to keep himself out of trouble.