Italian footballer Mario Balotelli has attacked the country’s first black senator, Toni Iwobi, in an online post.
Toni Iwobi was elected on Sunday for the anti-immigration Lega party.
“Maybe I’m blind or perhaps they have not told him yet that he is black. But shame!!!” the footballer posted on Instagram.
Born in northern Nigeria, Mr Iwobi came to Italy in 1976 and became a councillor for Lega (the League) in the Lombardy city of Spirano in 1995.
The Italy striker, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Nice, put his post on Instagram on Tuesday.
In the past, Balotelli had been the victim of racist slurs in Italy and last month the 27-year-old was booked by a referee for pointing out racist chants made during his side’s 3-2 loss to Dijon.
Culled from BBC