Mario Balotelli Is An Idiot

From the Telegraph:

Mario Balotelli, the Liverpool striker, faces a Football Association investigation and possible five-match ban for an inflammatory social media message that has earned him a public rebuke from his club and an angry response from the Jewish Leadership Council.
Balotelli posted and then swiftly deleted an image on his Instagram page depicting the computer game character ‘Super Mario’ alongside a racial stereotype and anti-Semitic remark – “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.
Simon Johnson, the former FA executive and now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council reacted angrily to post on Monday night.
“We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found,” Johnson said. “We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.”
The provocative language in Balotelli’s post, even if he claims it to be an ironic anti-racist message, leaves the Italian open to a breach of the FA’s social media guidelines. If charged, the minimum ban on race-related breaches is five games.

If you follow Mario Balotelli on Instagram you can understand why he made this mistake. He likes to have fun with his Instagram. Most of his posts are jokes and funny pictures. These various posts have helped him become one of the more entertaining athletes on Instagram. However, he is also not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to censoring himself. Athletes are held to a different standard than normal citizens. Joe Shmoe could have posted this and gotten a few laughs but Mario Balotelli doesn’t have the same luxury. Soccer players of his caliber are held to a different standard. Balotelli’s past is littered with people being racist towards him so in all likelihood he never meant this in a racist manner. Nevertheless, it was stupid because the joke wasn’t even worth it. He might have gotten a few laughs but the inevitable outcome was most likely outrage. After all the problems he has had in his career and during his time at Liverpool there was no reason for him to point the spotlight on himself when he’s out with a groin injury. It was stupid. Can he just not survive without being in the spotlight, whether it for positive or negative reasons? When a player attracts this much controversy it is hard to keep assuming it is an accident or coincidence.


Mario Balotelli Swaps Shirt With Pepe At Halftime Of Liverpool/Real Madrid UCL Game

Mario Balotelli could be one of the most infuriating soccer players who has ever existed. He has so much talent but can go months or even years without showing his full potential. It is infuriating as a fan because he is leagues behind where he should be as a player if he was only able to keep his head on straight. The above incident is a perfect example of why he cost so much less than he should have this past transfer window and why Liverpool were criticized for signing him. Who exchanges their jersey with a member from the opposing team at halftime? Liverpool were getting embarrassed 3-0 at the time and this basically says “This game is over.” Granted he was was substituted at halftime but did he know that before he exchanged the jersey? Even if he did know it would still be bad but if he didn’t it would be even worse. For a player under as much scrutiny as he is because of the way he has played since his arrival at Liverpool it was stupid to do this. The media was already eating him alive so he must have known doing something like this would only make it worse. Mario Balotelli had a chance to reinvent himself at Liverpool and he is failing to break out of his old habits. Luis Suarez had bad habits too but at least he scored goals and played his heart out.

Mario Balotelli Gets Crazy New Haircut Before Liverpool Game Against Everton

Mario Balotelli got this for Liverpool’s upcoming derby against Everton. I believe the design is a Liverbird underneath a golden sky. Normally I would think these haircuts are too ostentatious but I think this is pretty cool. Only soccer players could get away with a haircut like this. Imagine going into your work tomorrow with this haircut? You’d be fired on the spot.

Mario Balotelli Buys Incredible New Home In England

It’s called Steppingstone and it is a house built for a world class striker. Let’s hope Mario Balotelli lives up to his booking. But seriously how depressed do these photos make you?  There are two soccer pitches in this house, indoor swimming pool, and a helipad. A FREAKING HELIPAD! That is just unnecessary nonsense but it’s the type of unnecessary nonsense these soccer players can afford. WAGs, the adoration of millions, and endless riches; what a life.

h/t Deadspin

Liverpool Officially Sign Balotelli

It has been a “done deal” for over a week now but today it has become official. Mario Balotelli has become a Red. A big part of Liverpool’s summer was centered around fixing the defense. After the departure of Luis Suarez it became clear that another striker would be needed or Liverpool would find it tough to repeat last season’s success. Mario Balotelli is a volatile character but if he plays like he is capable of and keeps his mouth shut then this could be the coup de grace that make Liverpool title contenders this season.