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FA waiting on Mario response

The English Football Association is awaiting Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's response to his posting of an apparent anti-Semitic and racist image on social media.

Balotelli has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the governing body's request, after which time they will make a decision on whether to charge him or not.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews, in welcoming the FA's involvement, called the player's actions "troubling" despite his contrition and apology.

Balotelli reposted an image from the computer game Super Mario on his Instagram page with the heading "Don't be a racist".

The text then read: "Be like Mario. He's an Italian plumber, created by Japanese people, who speaks English and looks like a Mexican, he jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew."

After criticism began to mount online the 24-year-old deleted the offending item.