GUARDIAN – ‘Sincere’ mitigation saved Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli from longer ban

• FA releases written reasons for striker’s one-match ban• Balotelli gets £25,000 fine for Instagram postLiverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s “sincere and honest” mitigation over his posting of an anti-Semitic and racist image persuaded an independent disciplinary hearing to punish him with only a one-match ban.Written reasons into the decision revealed the Football Association would have recommended a two to three-match suspension had it not been for the Italian’s “forceful” submission. Continue reading…