Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

In the 72nd minute of last night's game between Dijon and Nice, Mario Balotelli was jeered by the Dijon supporters after shooting wide.

Mario Balotelli was given a yellow card yesterday for complaining to the referee about racist chants coming from the crowd while playing for OGC Nice in Ligue 1.

As should referee Nicolas Rainville.

The club confirmed the incident on their twitter account as the match was on.

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Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet insists he was not aware of any chanting. "Two or three supporters apparently provoked him".

Dijon manager Olivier Dall'Oglio was equally as shocked, adding: "That is the first time that you hear about something like this at the Gaston-Gerard".

There have never been racism problems here.

This is not the first time the former Premier League victor has experienced racism in France, having previously spoken out about monkey chants aimed at him by an opposing fan from Bastia, who later confessed - and was banned by the club. If these taunts existed, they are completely out of order...

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"I told Mario that I hadn't heard racist insults but he told me that he had", Reynet told French sports daily L'Equipe on Sunday.

No other details were given, and the incident wasn't raised by coach Lucien Favre or club president Jean-Pierre Riviere in their respective post-match diatribes about the referee's performance.

In January 2017, he spoke out against Bastia fans who he said made monkey noises during a match.

Before Euro 2012, Balotelli had threatened to "walk off the pitch" if he was abused by fans in Poland or Ukraine.

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