‘What kind of bullsh*t comes out of your mouth?!’ – Balotelli slams Kanye West for slavery comments

Italy international striker Mario Balotelli has criticised rapper Kanye West for comments he made over slavery.

West claimed the enslavement of African Americans over centuries was a “choice”.

Speaking to TMZ, the 40-year-old said: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. 

“You was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”

West partially retracted his comments as he tweeted: “Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”

However, that has led to a backlash from many quarters, with Balotelli speaking up from the footballing world.

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“What kind of bull***t coming out of your month?” he said on Instagram. “Really? Slavery was by choice? Brother, seriously, who brainwashed you?”

Balotelli, who was born to Ghanaian parents and adopted by an Italian family, has been dogged by racist incidents throughout his career, most recently claiming that he received racial abuse from a section of Dijon fans during a 3-2 defeat in Ligue 1 in February.

In the past, he has hinted that his ongoing exclusion from the Italian national team has its roots in race, although he recently indicated that he would like a move back to Serie A in the summer, when his contract with Nice expires after a successful two-year stay on the Cote d’Azur.

The 27-year-old striker has scored 15 goals in 25 league outings for Lucien Favre’s side this season and is aiming to fire them into the Europa League next term before making his likely departure back home, although MLS side DC United have also been credited with an interest in him. 

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Balotelli rules out AC Milan return but has ‘many teams’ to consider

Mario Balotelli will not be returning to AC Milan when he hits free agency this summer, but there are “many teams” in Serie A chasing his signature.

The 27-year-old frontman is approaching the end of another short-term contract at Ligue 1 side Nice.

His career and reputation has been rebuilt in France, with frustrating stints at the San Siro and Liverpool put behind him to net 40 times in just 63 appearances.

Balotelli has been billed as €100 million striker by his agent Mino Raiola, with somebody set to land themselves a bargain when the Italy international becomes available.

Several options are open to the former Manchester City star, even with a second stint with the Rossoneri being ruled out.

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Balotelli told Calciomercato on his summer plans: “My future? There are many teams in Italy that follow me.

“I can say that Milan is not among those clubs.

“I would like to return to an Italian club. Milan? It is not possible.”

Balotelli has worked on 12-month deals since linking up with Nice in the summer of 2016.

He impressed enough during his debut campaign to earn an extension, but opted to only sign on for another year helping the club into the Champions League qualifiers.

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With that deal set to expire, the enigmatic forward admits that his time in France is coming to a close.

He added: “It is almost certain that I will not stay [at Nice].

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“I am still not sure, but it is most likely that it will be my last season here.”

Balotelli started his career at Lumezzane, and his only top-flight experience in Italy to date has come in Milan during spells with Inter and AC.

His last stint at the San Siro, during a loan spell in 2015-16, saw him score just three goals in 23 appearances.

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Marvellous Memphis and all hail Iniesta – Ligue 1 goes social

As the season draws to a close in Europe, it is not only a time to celebrate current champions, but also a time to hail the achievements of those who are moving on.

Perhaps the biggest change over the summer will come in Barcelona, where an era will end as Andres Iniesta leaves the club.

Although that may not have a direct impact on Ligue 1, many stars who have crossed paths with the iconic midfielder have taken the time to praise the contribution that he has made over the years.

Among those to do so was Neymar, who took to social media to praise the man who was a team-mate during his time at Camp Nou.

“Maestro, I was honoured to be part of your career at Barcelona,” he said. “I had already admired you from afar and when I had the chance to be closer I fell in love with your football, and more for the person you are away from the field.

 

Maestro, que honra fazer parte da sua trajetória no Barcelona, já te admirava de longe e depois que passei a estar mais perto me apaixonei ainda mais pelo seu futebol e muito mais pela pessoa que você é fora de campo… Sempre vou contar aos meus amigos, filhos e família que tive o prazer de celebrar gols e títulos ao seu lado. Barcelona te agradece, eu te agradeço e os amantes de futebol agradecem por tudo que fez !!! Muita sorte na sua caminhada sempre, abraço CAPI !! @andresiniesta8

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“I will always tell my friends, children and family that I had the pleasure of celebrating goals and titles at your side.

“Barcelona thanks you, I thank you and football thanks you for everything you have done. Lots of luck for your future.”

Similarly, Mario Balotelli hailed the Spaniard.

“The best in his position. We are going to miss you on the pitch!” he said. “Amazing, amazing, amazing player!”

 

@andresiniesta8 El mejor en su posición.. Vamos a echarte de meno grande en el campo! grande grande jugador! The best in his position.. We are going to miss you in the pitch ! Amazing amazing amazing player!

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Back on the field, Memphis Depay is the hottest player in Ligue 1 at present.

The former Manchester United man has seven goals and six assists in his last six appearances. On Saturday against Nantes, he turned in another virtuoso performance to lead Lyon closer to the Champions League, scoring one and setting up another in a 2-0 home success over Nantes.

He celebrated his achievement in characteristic style, putting his fingers in his ears and made sure his Instagram followers got the message.

 

 

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PSG have already wrapped up the title but their failure to impress in Europe has led to Unai Emery announcing his departure in the summer.

Kylian Mbappe praised his coach for the last eight months with a message simply saying: “Thanks.”

 

Merci @unaiemery_

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Mbappe has been out and about enjoying himself over the last week, taking a trip to Parc Asterix to meet the famous French comic book hero.

 

@parcasterix

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Meanwhile, Dani Alves appears to have been intoxicated by Paris, the city of love.

He has posted a picture of himself with his partner, stating: “Images are worth more than words, feelings are worth more than arguments – and love? Ahhh love, nothing is worth more than love.”

 

Imágenes valem mais que palavras, sentimentos valem mais que argumentos e amor? Ahhh, amor?nada vale mais do que amor!! #LOVE #SMILE #LIFE #alwaystogether #GoodCrazycouple

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The veteran has been in a romantic and reflective mood this week. He posted a picture of himself as a youngster back in Brazil.

“One day you dream, the other day you realize ok?” he said.

 

“Um dia você sonha, no outro dia você realiza ok?” #thekingcrazy #GoodCrazy #tamoactivo #saopaulodosalitre

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There are three weeks left before the end of the campaign, with PSG heading to Amiens next Friday before the rest of the games are played on the Sunday.

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Neymar back on his feet and Balotelli on the move – Ligue 1 goes social

It has been a week of returns and goodbyes in Ligue 1 on social media this week.

Undoubtedly the big news was Neymar’s announcement that he is no longer walking with crutches.

The Brazil international, who may yet feature for Paris Saint-Germain before the end of the season, is racing to be as fit as possible for the World Cup, and while his exact date of return remains unknown, there is little doubt that he is making progress towards his goal.

“Bye bye crutches, never again,” the 26-year-old former Barcelona striker said.

PSG were somewhat scruffy winners on Sunday night as they beat Bordeaux 1-0 away from home. Giovani Lo Celso got the game’s only goal deep into the second half, but Alphonse Areola was their star man as he made a couple of outstanding saves, most notably from Pablo while the game was 0-0.

Dani Alves was in action on Sunday, having helped PSG to the Coupe de France final, where they will play third division Les Herbiers. He remains one of the game’s great free spirits, as he was happy to showcase on his Instagram page with this clip of him in typically crazy mood.

 

“Não te distraia nunca se você convive com o Good Crazy, coisas podem acontecerem ” #badBoy? #goodBoy? #GoodCra32

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“Don’t ever be distracted if you’ve got to live with Good Crazy, things can happen,” he joked.

Kylian Mbappe knows that only too well, having been soaked by the Brazilian in the title celebrations last weekend. It seems to be something of a theme that he is appearing on social media in such a manner, though on this occasion it may have simply been a set up for club photographer Julien Scussel.

 

@julienscussel @psg

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Regardless, the teenager seemed pleased with the result.

If the title race has been decided already, there is still a good deal up for grabs elsewhere. Lyon, Marseille and Monaco are squabbling over the remaining two Champions League spots, with the two Olympique teams in form.

No one is hotter in Ligue 1 than Memphis Depay, who opened the scoring for OL in their thrilling 5-2 win over Dijon on Friday.

“Y’all know who I represent! Good away win today,” he posted to his followers.

 

Y’all know who I represent! Good away win today. #God #Ivory

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Marseille’s big stars, Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin, might have been quiet on social media, but they certainly weren’t on the field as they produced a thrilling 5-1 win over Lille at Stade Velodrome.

It put the pressure on injury-hit Monaco, who suffered a shock 3-1 loss at Guingamp.

Meanwhile, the race for the Europa League is also hotting up, with Saint-Etienne and Nice now in the driving seat for the two likely spots.

While their 1-0 win over Montpellier on Sunday was good news for Lucien Favre’s men, it seems that they will have to give up their star man in the form of Mario Balotelli.

The Italian has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Riviera this summer, when his contract is up, and he has given the greatest sign yet that he will depart as he posted what appeared to be a goodbye message on Instagram.

“It’s been two amazing years, thanks to everyone… still five games to go,” he said, before adding: “It’s not bye for now… you never know the future. I only wanted to say thanks now.”

 

It’s being 2 amazing years thanks to everyone… still 5 games to go . #issanissa( is not a bye for now.. you never know the future I only wanted to say thanks already now)

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Balotelli has clearly been in reflective mood this week, having previously posted this image.

 

When me and Leo were shooting this part in “TITANIC” ! @leonardodicaprio #

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Meanwhile, the greatest present that the Italian could give his side would be a place in Europe once again next term.

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Balotelli ‘makes things easier’ at Nice – Srarfi

Nice youngster Bassem Srarfi has praised the contribution of Mario Balotelli at the club.

The Italy international striker is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a variety of clubs while agent Mino Raiola has touted him as one of the bargains of the summer and team-mate Alassane Plea has dubbed him a player worth €100 million.

Balotelli has scored 14 times in Ligue 1 this season, making him Nice’s top scorer, and winger Srarfi has hailed what the 27-year-old brings to the side.

“Mario always puts the ball where you want it. He also makes things easier for you because he sucks in players with and gives you more freedom,” he told Goal.

“It is a relationship that becomes reciprocal because, thanks to his physical qualities and positioning, he is easy to find.”

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Meanwhile, the Tunisia international does not believe he should be seen as the next Hatem Ben Arfa, despite following in the winger’s footsteps by joining Nice. 

“In Tunisia, where any player will dribble, I was used to playing like Hatem Ben Arfa,” the 20-year-old said of the PSG player, who will be a free agent in the summer. “This is the football we play in Tunisia. In France we do not play like Ben Arfa. 

“I’m left footed like him. He’s a great player but there is not much comparison, I do not see myself as his successor.”

With a World Cup place in his sights, he is pleased that he is so closely followed by fans back in his homeland.

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“I think a lot about the World Cup, so I hope to play regularly at the end of the season to show myself off,” he said. “I am very proud that the Tunisian fans follow me and that what I do is important to them. There are many Tunisians here in Nice, so I often have messages of support. It gives me strength.”

And his targets for the national team, who are slated to face England in the group stage, in Russia this summer are simple.

“God willing, we will win it!” he said.

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