Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been handed a one-match suspension over a controversial post on social media.
The Italian was deemed to have committed an aggravated breach of Football Association Rule E3  after posting a picture on Instagram and Twitter containing potentially offensive language referring to "ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief".
Balotelli has also been given a £25,000 fine and ordered to attend an education programme.
Former Milan striker Balotelli received criticism for the picture that contained video game character Super Mario and a series of racial stereotypes.
The image was later taken down and Balotelli issued an apology for his actions, stating that the post was intended to be "anti-racist" and in good humour.
The 23-year-old has been struggling with a groin problem, but the punishment means he will definitely miss Sunday's Premier League fixture at home to Arsenal.
Balotelli has been warned as to his future conduct.comments