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Liverpool FC visit patients Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Liverpool's first-team players and staff took time out from their preparations for the busy festive period to bring some Christmas cheer to Alder Hey children's hospital.

The team arrived at Alder Hey yesterday with goodie bags filled with LFC merchandise to distribute to children and young people on the wards.

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Balotelli charged by FA over Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association following allegedly racist and anti-semitic comments on social media.

Balotelli has been charged by the FA Credit: PA Images

Balotelli reposted an image of computer game character Super Mario on Instagram earlier this week, which included the words "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".

The FA announced in a statement: "Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media."

Balotelli has until 6pm on December 15 to respond to the charge.

A Liverpool club spokesperson commented: "We acknowledge the FA's decision and the player will work through the process to answer the charge.

"While that process is on-going the club will not be making any further comment."

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