Mario Balotelli Banned For One Game, Fined 25,000

Mario Balotelli has been hit with a one game ban and 25,000 fine after a hearing into his breach of The FA's social media rules. The Liverpool striker accepted an FA charge last week and submitted written mitigation for an image he reposted on Instagram on December 1, which was deemed to be abusive or insulting by a three person independent panel. Balotelli, who did not request a personal hearing, is now set to miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal. Another part of his punishment is that he will have to attend an education course. There is also a possibility he could face disciplinary action from Liverpool.