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Balotelli Booked For Complaining About Racism

OGC Nice's Mario Balotelli Booked For Complaining About Racism

By David Kappel - Feb 12, 2018 03:29 PM @kappilinho

Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, who has somewhat revived his career in France, was involved in a shocking incident on Saturday, when a referee booked him for complaining about alleged racism.

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The Italian was shown a yellow card in OGC Nice's clash away at Dijon after it was claimed he tried to alert referee Nicolas Rainville of alleged racist chants from the home supporters.

However, the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker has now received the backing of anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

"Kick It Out was shocked to see Mario Balotelli booked for bringing to the attention of the referee alleged racist chanting directed towards him by Dijon supporters," the organisation said in a statement, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"It is unacceptable and wrong to see that, once again, a match official has failed to apply the UEFA protocol – in place for a number of years – which requires action to be taken to stop the game to deal with the offending abuse.

"Although Kick It Out's remit is within English football, the organisation has contacted anti-discrimination network Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) to see what actions they will be taking in raising this with Ligue 1 officials.

"The organisation expects a strong response from the French football authorities in condemning both the alleged racist chanting from Dijon supporters and the failure of the referee to follow protocol to halt the behaviour, as well as the decision to compound Balotelli's experience as a victim by booking him for merely asking the match official to do his job."

This was not the first time Balotelli, who was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, was a victim of racism, having previously experienced similar incidents when playing for AC Milan and Inter Milan in Italy.

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On the pitch, Balotelli is experiencing another good season, scoring 19 goals in 26 appearances for Nice so far, with reports suggesting that Italy's interim coach, Luigi Di Biagio, could recall him to the national team for their upcoming friendlies.

What do you make of the referee's decision to book Balotelli instead of act on the alleged racist chants? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Sbolinho The Citizen Joined: 13 Feb 2018
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Sbolinho The Citizen Feb 13, 2018 01:42 PM
This ref should be banned,and Mario's booking must be withdrawn.
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spanish laligabbva Feb 12, 2018 09:03 PM
Super Mario(can't wait to see him play again for the azzurri)
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shadae Joined: 26 Aug 2014
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shadae Feb 12, 2018 07:21 PM
Whr is de fare play
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Fanaticalism Feb 12, 2018 06:58 PM
@Powerade_202 seconded... There was no need to add the Liverpool history... This editor is exposing his attitude towards black players and coaches.. The story is about racism.
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Irvintoothless Feb 12, 2018 06:50 PM
French referees are out of order. He is racist himself.
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jujunation Feb 12, 2018 06:17 PM
He's one of them
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Powerade_202 Joined: 27 Jan 2016
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Powerade_202 Feb 12, 2018 06:02 PM
You just had to take the long way making sure that you discredit him in the best possible way that you can reminding us about his hard parts in his career when things didnt go his way at liverpool. Years later you still label him this way? You are a fílthy person editor, you are a fìlthy person.
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KHOSIVICHI Feb 12, 2018 05:47 PM
Yoh! Yoh! Yoh! That is what we call a double trouble.
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Nelson <barça+kby> Feb 12, 2018 05:33 PM
Liverpool flop your ass cowditor,are you also racist? Di Maria is M United flop but we've never told about that
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FAZEN01 Feb 12, 2018 05:00 PM
You keep reminding us that he is a Liverpool flop its getting OLD. He is doing good at the moment. As for the match official maybe the language factor was the problem between him and Supermario. Keep flying Mr Balotelli only the sky is the limit, I am watching your games and I am impressed.

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