French club Nice have claimed that striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday.
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. No further details were given
Dans l’intervalle, Mario Balotelli a hérité d’un carton jaune, après… s’être agacé d’insultes racistes du public. pic.twitter.com/5C1V8MXBYq
— OGC Nice (@ogcnice) February 10, 2018
In comments after the game posted on Nice’s official website, Nice coach Lucien Favre and club president Jean-Pierre Riviere were critical of decisions made by Rainville but did not mention Balotelli.
“It’s been four consecutive games that we have the feeling of playing at 11 against 12,” Rivere said.
“The differences of refereeing from one match to the other are incomprehensible.”
In January 2017, Mario Balotelli spoke out against Bastia fans he said made monkey noises during a match. The French league subsequently opened an investigation.