Footballer, Mario Balotelli, has attacked Senator Tony Iwobi, for standing in the Italian elections for far-right anti-immigrant league party.
Iwobi, a Nigerian, recently became the first black to win election into Italian senate representing the Northern Industrial City of Brescia considered a major immigration hub in Italy. His party, The League, is at the forefront of opposition to illegal migration into Italy.
‘Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!’ Balotelli wrote on Tuesday in a post that was subsequently removed.
Balotelli, who was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents and has played 33 times for Italy, has long been a target for racist abuse.
Iwobi has long argued along with League leader Matteo Salvini that increased racism in Italy should be blamed on illegal immigration.
Balotelli posted a photo showing Iwobi, 60, and Salvini both wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the campaign slogan ‘Stop invasion’.
The slogan is reference to the more than 690,000 migrants who have landed on Italian shores from North Africa since 2013.
The League blames the arrivals for ‘social conflict’ and making Italian cities less safe.
Born in Gusau in northern Nigeria but living in Italy since the 1970s, Iwobi has been a supporter of the League for more than two decades.