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MY favourite nugget of internet abuse came from a supporter - I will spare his club the embarrassment of identifying allegiance - who sent me his young son's 'art homework'.

His boy had cut out my picture and defaced it with comedy moustache and ears etc. But his piece de resistance was in block capital letters across the forehead.

I-D-E-O-T. Priceless. But unintentional irony is rare in the mire of social media trolling.

A survey found that, between August and March, over FOUR THOUSAND racist posts were directed at Mario Balotelli (left).

When Balotelli himself posted an image that was deemed to be racist, he said it was 'meant to be anti-racist with humour'. Still, he apologised profusely for any offence and took it down promptly. Balotelli was banned for one game and fined PS25,000.

Sympathy for Balotelli is often in short supply.

But not when it comes to having to put up with the keyboard morons out there.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2015
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