- Toni Iwobi hits back at Mario Balotelli following his recent outburst on twitter
- Balotelli is against the policies of Iwobi's Lega party
- Iwobi is the first black senator to be elected in Italy
Italian politician elected to the Italian senate, Toni Iwobi, has hit back at Mario Balotelli after the Nice forward criticised him for representing a political party renowned for causing racial controversy.
The controversial striker recently posted a message on his Instagram story that said: "Maybe I'm blind or maybe they haven't told him yet that he's black -- what a disgrace!"
When asked about Balotelli's message during a radio appearance, Iwobi replied, telling Balotelli to focus on the round leather game.
"I'd rather just ignore him.
"I'm not interested in what he writes. I have to deal with enough controversy. I just want to think about my territory and the new role I've been elected to.
"He's a great footballer and he will remain one, but I hope he sticks to his job, considering that's what he is good at." Iwobi told Radio Capital.
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Iwobi was born in Nigeria but has lived in Italy since the 1970's but became the first black senator to be elected after the Lega party, led by Matteo Salvini earned the majority of votes in Spirano, a town in the northern province of Bergamo.
Salvini's Lega party took just over 17 percent of the votes wants to expel half a million migrants and significantly reduce immigration.
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Salvini blasted Balotelli on Twitter by writing: "Balotelli, I never liked you much on the field and I like you even less off it."
Ironically, the Lega party are currently pressing to be given the opportunity to govern in Italy as part of a right-wing coalition.
However Balotelli was born in Palermo to Ghanaian parents but later adopted by a family and raised in the same region of northern Italy just as Iwobi, yet the Nigerian born senator wants to reduce racism significantly.
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