Police are investigating racist abuse which targeted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter.
We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today.
The abuse was triggered after Balotelli's reacted to Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester City. Balotelli, part of the Reds side that lost 5-3 at, tweeted:
Man utd ... LOL
Balotelli has been singled out for racist abuse in the past. He was heckled by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous instances of racist abuse during his time at Internazionale and, more recently, AC Milan.
Mario Balotelli is set to watch his new teammates take on his old ones as he watches Liverpool play Manchester City this evening.
Mario Balotelli has just arrived at the Etihad Stadium. He'll watch his new teammates in action from the stands this evening #LFC
Manchester City tweeted this photo of him arriving at the Etihad Stadium.
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Mario Balotelli has pledged to win "much silverware for the fans" as he confirmed his move to Liverpool FC on his Facebook page.
He said: "I'm proud to announce my return to the Premier League as a Liverpool FC player. Let's make the most out of this amazing challenge ..."
He also uploaded a new banner photo of his face emblazoned on the Liverpool FC motto "you'll never walk alone".
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called the signing of Mario Balotelli "a smart piece of business."
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com he said: "There is no doubting Mario's ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level."
He added that he was looking forward to working with the "world class talent" and helping him progress as a player.
He said: "This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here."
Mario Balotelli has said he is "very happy" to be moving to Liverpool FC. In a statement on the club's website, he said:
I'm very happy. We've been talking about coming here and now I'm happy to be here.
Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here.
It's a great team with young players, and that's why I came here.
Mario Balotelli has tweeted about his new club Liverpool FC shortly after the deal for his signature was completed.
YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL! ???
Liverpool have announced the signing of Italian striker Mario Balotelli shortly before they kick off against his former club Manchester city.
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