The Liverpool striker reposted 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 image appeared 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” before the final line which has caused the controversy.
However, Simon Johnson, the former FA executive and now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council told The Telegraph that the player should face action.”We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found,” Mr Johnson said.
“We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.”
Under the FA’s social media guidelines, the minimum ban for race-related breaches of rules is five games.
In September, Merseyside Police investigated racist remarks made to Balotelli on Twitter after he posted a message during Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat against Leicester City.