Mario Balotelli hits back at racist comments made by Italian politician

Matteo Salvini is an Italian politician, probably best known as the leader of Italy’s far-right Lega Nord party. Considering his position, one might imagine that Salvini may make a healthy number of jokes at the expense of foreigners or “foreign-looking people,” considering his party’s staunch “Beat it, useless immigrants” platform. He made that kind of joke on Saturday after AC Milan and Verona drew 2-2 in Serie A. Salvini aims to please.

Verona’s first goal resulted directly from the clumsiness of Milan’s Sulley Muntari, who unnecessarily toppled Artur Ionita in the box. Luca Toni — the Luca Toni — converted the subsequent penalty. That’s the moment that inspired this Salvini gem, which was caught by fellow Italian (and former Muntari teammate) Mario Balotelli:

Salvini wrote: “Immigrants who work well are welcome. Muntari can return to his home.” Muntari is Ghanaian.

Get it? The joke even works well with his party’s political platform.

Balotelli’s response: “Is this person serious when he says this or what? He’s also a politician? [laughter-tears emoji] You’re better off voting for me.”

As usual, the final word goes to Mario.