6:15 PM EDT, Mon September 22, 2014
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Police Investigating Latest Racial Abuse Directed at Balotelli

What started out as a good ribbing of a rival club quickly descended into a torrent of racial abuse when Mario Balotelli expressed amusement over Manchester United's loss to Leicester City on Sunday. There is a subset of football fandom that treats banter — #topbantz, even — as the lifeblood of the game. Good natured ribbing between opposition fans is seen as an absolute necessity to the game, second only to the presence of a ball, a pitch, and twenty-two players. Banter, you see, helps foster genial rivalry and lends meaning to the nature of every sporting duel. It was in this spirit...
Liverpool Echo Sep 21, 2014
Liverpool FC star Mario Balotelli subjected to vile racist abuse sparking Merseyside Police probe

Liverpool FC star Mario Balotelli subjected to vile racist abuse sparking Merseyside Police probe

Dozens of users sent racist messages to the Italian striker after he tweeted "Man Utd lol" as Red Devils went 5-3 down against Leicester City
The Guardian Sep 21, 2014
Mario Balotelli racially abused after mocking Manchester United in tweet

Mario Balotelli racially abused after mocking Manchester United in tweet

Liverpool striker tweets Man Utd...LOL during Leicester game Balotelli has been victim of racist abuse in the past Leicester City 5-3 Manchester United: match reportThe Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was the victim of racial abuse on Twitter on Sunday following his reaction to Manchester Uniteds shock collapse at Leicester.Balotelli, part of the Liverpool side that lost 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday, tweeted: Man Utd...LOL as United headed to a 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium.Man utd ... LOL
Liverpool Echo Sep 21, 2014
Liverpool FC star Mario Balotelli suffers barrage of vile racist abuse after mocking Man Utd on Twitter

Liverpool FC star Mario Balotelli suffers barrage of vile racist abuse after mocking Man Utd on Twitter

Dozens of users sent racist messages to the Italian striker after he tweeted "Man Utd lol" as the Red Devils lost 5-3 to Leicester City
The Liverpool Offside Sep 18, 2014

Mario Balotelli Studying the Ghosts of Liverpool Strikers Past

Like a dedicated pupil, Mario Balotelli is buckling down on doing his homework. Class is in session for both the history of his new club and his new home, and Brendan Rodgers thinks he's going to make the grade. Few players have the watchful eye of the media on them as incessantly as Mario Balotelli. For better or for worse, the striker attracts a lot of attention, and while much of this attention seems disproportionate to the types of activities he gets up to, it also presents an opportunity to for a media savvy manager to use that attention to tweak the overall perception of the player....
Liverpool Echo Sep 17, 2014
Liverpool FC's Mario Balotelli believed to have donated five-figure sum to fire-hit Manchester Dogs' Home

Liverpool FC's Mario Balotelli believed to have donated five-figure sum to fire-hit Manchester Dogs' Home

The Liverpool striker is suspected of having made generous donation and his love of dogs is widely known
7500 To Holte Sep 17, 2014
'Nasty' Villa - The benefits of being mean

'Nasty' Villa - The benefits of being mean

Kicking Balotelli, flattening Barcelona wunderkinds and fearsome beards - Villa have found their tough edge. Could we be the new Stoke and is that a good thing? Certain media narratives grow up around every team. For the last few years, Villa’s has been that of a team of largely English ‘youngsters’ struggling against cannier, more foreign sides. Paul Lambert´s players were praised for trying to play 'proper football', before routinely losing leads or getting ripped apart. However after our good start to the season and a distinctly tougher looking Villa, characterised by the bearded...
The Liverpool Offside Sep 16, 2014
Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1: Escape at Anfield

Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1: Escape at Anfield

Liverpool left it late but come away with all three points in their dramatic return to Champions League football, as goals from Mario Balotelli and Steven Gerrard lift them to victory over Ludogorets. Just like we imagined, right? The anthem, the patches on the sleeves, the noise booming around Anfield ahead of kickoff, and then three goals in the final eleven minutes--including two goals in injury time--to tie it off. Liverpool's return to the Champions League was nearly the stuff of nightmares, but they finish the night with an important three points. Liverpool 2: Balotelli 82' Gerrard...
Liverpool Echo Sep 16, 2014
Liverpool FC: Mario Balotelli receives roaring praise from Gerrard for Champions League opening performance

Liverpool FC: Mario Balotelli receives roaring praise from Gerrard for Champions League opening performance

Ian Doyle writes how Gerrard couldn't speak highly enough of Mario Balotelli for his performance under pressure
The Independent Sep 11, 2014
Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Mario Balotelli to make first Anfield appearance as Adam Lallana returns for Reds debut - but they're not the only ones

Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Mario Balotelli to make first Anfield appearance as Adam Lallana returns for Reds debut - but they're not the only ones

After witnessing the debut of new marquee signing Mario Balotelli in the 3-0 victory over Tottenham last time out, Liverpool fans can look forward to his home debut when the Italian will be strutting his stuff at Anfield for the first time (in a red shirt).
Liverpool Daily Post Sep 9, 2014
Mario Balotelli could be a perfect fit for Liverpool FC, says Gianfranco Zola

Mario Balotelli could be a perfect fit for Liverpool FC, says Gianfranco Zola

Striker is "perfect fit" for Reds according to ex-Chelsea man
The Liverpool Offside Sep 9, 2014

Mario Balotelli Shockingly Doesn't Kick Wolves Player

On Friday, some less than reputable outlets began to push a Twitter rumour that Mario Balotelli had kicked a Wolves player. Turns out he didn't, but better luck next time, guys. With many of the first team regulars off on international duty, as they often do, Liverpool played a friendly behind closed doors to keep those who hadn't been called up fit and sharp. Set for last Friday, it saw Adam Lallana back in action and Liverpool leaving with a 1-0 victory thanks to a Fabio Borini goal, but both were overshadowed by rumours surrounding Mario Balotelli. Never far from controversy, a series of...
Liverpool Echo Sep 9, 2014
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett dismisses suggestions Mario Balotelli clashed with his players during friendly with Liverpool FC

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett dismisses suggestions Mario Balotelli clashed with his players during friendly with Liverpool FC

Rumours had spread on social media that the Italian was substituted after an exchange with George Saville

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