Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the Football Association for a controversial comment on social networking site Twitter.
The Italy international re-posted 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."
Balotelli apologised for the tweet and denied that it was meant to be offensive, but he has still been punished by the FA.
The 24-year-old has been suspended for Sunday’s Premier League game against Arsenal at Anfied and has been fined £25,000 as well.
The former Manchester City and AC Milan star will also attend an education course as part of his punishment.
Following the announcement of the punishment, Liverpool fans took to social networking site Twitter to have their say on the matter. Below are the best reactions.
If balotelli gets banned and fined for comments on Twitter then I must get a lifelong ban #Balotelli— Farmer (@georgefarms23) December 18, 2014