Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was the victim of horrible racist abuse after he tweeted a gentle message poking fun at Manchester United's implosion away to Leicester today.
The Guardian quote an account that has since been deleted:
Fuck you Mario you fucking nigger. Got eat some bananas and get ebola you dirty monkey.
While various screenshots are online of vicious abuse from accounts that have since deleted their accounts or posts:
Inevitably with these stories of Neanderthal football "fans" reacting to any perceived slight against their club with vicious abuse, you are asked why highlight it? Because it needs to be highlighted, everyday and every hour.
A football player said something a little fun about a fun game and that should always be welcomed and embraced and he should be able to do it without in any way suffering for it.