Sports Police investigating racist abuse on Mario Balotelli

The police are investigating the racist abuses directed at Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after he tweeted a message mocking Manchester United's loss to Leicester City.

Manchester United lost a two-goal lead to lose 5-3 at Leicester City on Sunday,and Balottelli wrote on his official page: 'Man Utd...LOL'

The Italian got a torrent of racial abuses,with particular references made in relation to his skin colour.

Some of the accounts that sent the abuse have reportedly been closed down,but the Merseyside police investigating the incident said they will have to first ascertain who and where the message was sent from.

"We extend our support to Mario Balotelli after the appalling racist abuse directed at him," a spokesman for the anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said.

"We have since reported this via True Vision - the Police's online reporting facility.

"During the 2013-14 season, 50% of all complaints submitted to us from across the game related to social media abuse.

"The issue has been escalating and we urge fellow social media users to assist in bringing this type of abuse to the attention of the authorities."