Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

Nice tweeted the Italian forward, who was booked in the 74th minute of a 3-2 away defeat by referee Nicolas Rainville, was cautioned after remonstrating with fans about the abuse.

He gestured to the Dijon fans to be quiet, and then approached to the referee to register his anger.

Balotelli who now plays for French League 1 outfit Nice had to endure the 3-2 defeat to Dijon but his tribulations did not end at that.

The official Nice Twitter account wrote: 'In the meantime, Mario Balotelli has been given a yellow card, after. getting annoying with racist insults from the public'.

He explained: "I told Mario that I had not heard racist chanting but he replied to me that there were some".

"It would have come from two or three spectators".


The team's manager Olivier Dall'Oglio added: "That is the first time that you hear about something like this at the Gaston-Gerard".

"There has never been a problem with racism here", the coach said.

The club's president Jean-Pierre Rivere lashed out at Ligue 1 refereeing in the aftermath of the incident and suggested such decisions were to blame for their poor run in form.

This season, the former Liverpool and Manchester City man has been in fine form, netting 13 goals in 18 appearances in the French top flight. "I didn't hear anything". In 2017 January, Balotelli gave a similar complain about French side Bastia fans.

"It's been four consecutive games that we have the feeling of playing at 11 against 12".

"The refereeing differences from one match to another are incomprehensible", he said.

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