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The English Football Association is charging Mario Balotelli after an Instagram post the soccer star claimed was "anti-racist with humor."

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Balotelli is being charged after he Instagrammed this popular Internet meme:

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The post was soon taken down and Balotelli offered an apology via Twitter. Here's the statement from the FA regarding the suspension, via CNN:

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

"It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

"It is further alleged that this is an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined by FA Rule E3[2] as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.

"The player has until 6pm on 15 December 2014 to respond to the charge."

Balotelli will likely face a disciplinary hearing as a result of the charges, and could potentially face a ban over the post.

[CNN]

Photo via AP

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