Italian newspaper depicts soccer star Mario Balotelli as King Kong

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An Italian newspaper is in hot water for depicting famed soccer played Mario Balotelli as King Kong in a recent cartoon. The cartoon was printed on the morning the European Championship which Balotelli’s Italian team played England. The Daily Mail reports:

Mario Balotelli has found himself at the centre of a new race row, this time sparked by a deeply offensive cartoon depicting him as King Kong in a leading Italian newspaper.

On the morning of Italy’s European Championship encounter with  England, Gazzetta dello Sport  published a drawing of a giant Balotelli atop Big Ben swatting away footballs in the same way King Kong did aircrafts atop New York’s Empire State Building in the film.

The Balotelli camp was understood to be outraged by the cartoon and Gazzetta have issued an apology.
‘It wasn’t our cartoonist’s best product. In these times we need a bit more moderation, caution and good taste. But we have always fought against racism and condemned booing against Balotelli as unacceptable,’ said the Milan-based newspaper./blockquote>
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