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Juventus deny interest in Liverpool striker

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied media reports linking Liverpool's misfiring striker Mario Balotelli with a move to the Turin giants in the winter transfer market.

The Italy international has scored just two goals since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in a #16million transfer in August and has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

Mario Balotelli has struggled at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Allegri, who coached Balotelli at Milan before taking the helm of Juve in July, told Italian TV station RAI: "I think this is a made up story.

"Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus."

Liverpool striker Balotelli ordered to pay 18 speeding fines

Mario Balotelli could have to pay 10,000 euros. Credit: PA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli could have to pay up to 10,000 euros in speeding fines in the Italian region of Bergamo.

Balotelli racked up 18 offences between 2012 and 2013, including driving at up to 200km per hour in a 130km zone, but has thus far not paid them.

The striker told the court of Bergamo that he had not settled the fines, as he was living in Manchester at the time, so did not receive them.


Mario Balotelli fined and suspended for Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for a match and ordered to attend an "education programme" by the FA as punishment for an Instagram post that provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism.

Mario Balotelli retweeted the offensive image on his Instagram account before removing it after criticism. Credit: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

Balotelli admitted breaching FA rules after apologising for re-posting an image from the computer game 'Super Mario' on his Instagram page which included the comment "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".

The Football Association confirmed the punishment, announcing:

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for one-match with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA Rules in relation to social media.

The charge was that an image the Liverpool player posted on social media was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

Furthermore, the posting was considered to be an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in FA Rule E3(2) in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.

Mr Balotelli has also been ordered to attend an education programme.

– Football Association

Balotelli charged for 'anti-semitic' Instagram post

Balotelli has until December 15th to respond. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Assocation for an Instagram post which prompted claims of racism and anti-semitism.

A statement on the FA website has accused the Liverpool striker of breaching "FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper."

Balotelli reposted an edited image of the classic computer game character Super Mario with the message: “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew.”

The post was swiftly deleted with the 24 year-old claiming he intended it to be "anti-racist with humour."

He has until 6pm on December 15th 2014 to respond to the charge.

Jewish group backs FA probe into Balotelli post

Balotelli has made headlines for the wrong reasons, again. Credit: PA

Jewish representative group the Board of Deputies of British Jews has welcomed the FA's involvement in a social media post from Mario Balotelli which has prompted claims of racism and anti-semitism.

"The Board of Deputies of British Jews is concerned by the racist meme shared by footballer Mario Balotelli on his Instagram account and welcomes the FA's probe into the matter," said a statement.

"Footballers in particular have big followings of young people and should act responsibly when using social media."

The board's president, Vivian Wineman, added: "Balotelli's sharing of images which use unacceptable language and appeal to classic antisemitic tropes is troubling.

"We were pleased to see his immediate retraction and apology but such language has no place in public discourse. We welcome the decision by the FA to investigate this matter."


Liverpool fans react to Balotelli Instagram post

Liverpool fans have been speaking to ITV News after the FA confirmed they are looking into a post from Mario Balotelli on Instagram which prompted claims of racism and anti-semitism.

The striker has since deleted his comment and apologised, claiming it was supposed to be "anti-racist with humour."

FA contact Mario Balotelli over 'racist' Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been contacted by the Football Association over his Instagram post which provoked accusations of racism and anti-semitism.

An FA spokesperson told ITV News that Balotelli has until 6pm on Friday to respond.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Credit: PA Wire

Mario Balotelli apologises over 'anti-semitic' post

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has apologised for an Instagram post that prompted claims of racism and anti-semitism.

The Italian footballer had previously told critics to "shut up", noting that his mother is Jewish.

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