By Chris Wright
Having watched Manchester United’s spectacular collapse against Leicester City this afternoon, Mario Balotelli (whose Liverpool side were similarly taken apart by West Ham yesterday) took to Twitter in order to ‘LOL’ along with the rest of the world, posting the following succinct message at the end of the game…
What followed was, simply put, disgusting – with Balotelli’s Twitter feed instantly bombarded by a barrage of hideous racist abuse.
The ferocity and venom contained in most of the abuse was really quite harrowing.
Here’s a mere sample of the the Liverpool forward was subjected to almost instantaneously…
Incidentally, this Craig Sainsbury character refers to himself as a “freelance journalist” in his bio.
After being called out by many Twitter users over his particularly hideous comment, Sainsbury attempted to apologised – claiming that he was already angry and that Balotelli’s “LOL” tipped him over the edge into a bigoted rage, like that even begins to mitigate or excuse his abhorrent conduct in any way.
He has since deleted his account, but not before many Twitter users reported him – including Pies’ very own Alan Duffy.
To echo the sentiments of Arsenal scout Danny Karbassiyoon (@dkarbassiyoon), the sheer amount of brazen and public racism and bigoted trolling that continues to pollute Twitter (and the internet in general) never ceases to amaze and/or appall us.
And to think, Sepp Blatter still thinks all this can be sorted out with a handshake.