Balotelli booked for protesting racism

Sunday, 11 Feb, 2018

French club Nice says striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday.

Mario Balotelli has played his part in Nice's mini-revival.

Instead of noting down Balotelli's complaint with the intention of dealing with the situation and making sure the Dijon fans were appropriately punished, the referee made out Balotelli to be the culprit for simply reporting abuse. To his chagrin he met a yellow card from the match official.

He spoke to referee Nicolas Rainville, who showed him a yellow card.

Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet said: "I told Mario that I had not heard racist chanting but he replied to me that there were some".

While 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 has never been a problem with racism here. "I didn't hear anything".

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere complained about the officiating after the game but failed to mention the incident concerning Balotelli and was instead angry with the penalty decision given against his side which saw Kwon Chang-hoon score a late victor. In 2017 January, Balotelli gave a similar complain about French side Bastia fans.