Referee gives Balotelli yellow card for complaining about racial abuse
Former Liverpool striker, Mario Balotelli, would make the list of the most controversial players in the modern game of football.
But everyone has taken sides with him after a Ligue 1 referee handed him a yellow card after he complained about racist abuse from the stands.
Nice traveled to Dijon on Saturday in search of all three points, but were unsuccessful, losing 3-2.
But referee, Nicolas Rainville, made the wrong headlines after he booked Balotelli who reacted to the racial abuses by telling the fans to be quiet.
A tweet from Nice read: “In the meantime, Mario Balotelli inherited a yellow card, after … being annoyed with racist insults from the public.”
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
Following the game, Nice coach Lucien Favre and club president Jean-Pierre Riviere expressed their frustration towards the match official.
Rivere said: “It’s been four consecutive games that we have the feeling of playing at 11 against 12.
“The differences of refereeing from one match to the other are incomprehensible,” he added.