BALOTELLI PUNISHED FOR FIGHTING RACISM

BALOTELLI PUNISHED FOR FIGHTING RACISM

Italy striker Mario Balotelli was booked for complaining to the referee about racist chants during Nice’s 3-2 defeat to Dijon.

 

The incident occurred at the 72nd minute, when the crowd hurled abuse as he missed a scoring opportunity. Balotelli at first reacted by putting his finger to his mouth in order to quieten the fans, then complained to the referee. However, Nicolas Rainville instead showed SuperMario a yellow card.

 

Nice described the situation via their Twitter account and President Jean-Pierre Rivere also protested the refereeing, noting they were “playing 11 against 12.”

 

It is not the first time former Manchester City and Liverpool forward Balotelli, the son of Ghanaian immigrants to Italy, has been racially abused during a match.

 

In January 2017, Balotelli spoke out against Bastia fans he said made monkey noises during a match. The French league subsequently opened an investigation.

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