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Balotelli In Hot Water After Fresh Referee Rant?

Nice Striker Mario Balotelli In Hot Water After Fresh Referee Rant?

By Keegan Kruger - May 08, 2018 03:26 PM @KeeganKruger

Nice superstar Mario Balotelli could find himself in hot water once again after he was caught on camera having a rant about the standard of refereeing in Ligue 1 during his side's 2-1 defeat to Marseille on Sunday.

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The former AC Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool frontman was spotted in the tunnel at half-time venting his anger after match official Antony Gautier gave him a yellow card for a lunge on midfielder Bouna Sarr.

While walking down the tunnel at the break, television cameras and microphones picked up the Italy international complaining about being targeted by match officials.

"Every time, f****** French referees, every time," Balotelli apparently said, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 27-year-old is likely to be punished for his words, which means he may have played his last game for the French club as he is set to become a free agent at the end of this campaign.  

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Balotelli, who has picked up 10 yellow cards and one red this season, has made 64 appearances in total for Nice so far, scoring 41 goals and assisting a further two strikes.

Do you think the Italian will ever be able to stay out of trouble? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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@gunners Joined: 07 Apr 2018
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@gunners May 09, 2018 08:02 PM
41 goals in 64 games that's impressive Super Mario
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connaissance09 May 08, 2018 10:55 PM
2 assists in 64 games. Even a defender can do better.
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Media only report negative stories about Mario but keep a blind eye on the positives he impacts on
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King Mario;leave him alone

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