Balotelli face potential ban after breaking opponent’s nose

Ligue 1 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/04/2019

Mario Balotelli faces a potential eight-match ban for allegedly breaking an opponent’s nose in an off-the-ball incident during Olympique Marseille 2-0 loss to Bordeaux last weekend.

The 28-year-old Italy international has had an impressive form since moving to Orange Vélodrome in January, transfer window scoring seven times in 10 games, but could have played his last game of the season.

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Balotelli has alleged elbowed Pablo Castro off the ball and broke his nose during Ligue 1 encounter at Matmut Atlantique last Friday but the centre referee Hakim Ben el Salem Hadj didn’t see the incident but it will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Commission and they will decide to analyse the images or not.

The Brazilian defender was given his marching orders for a clash later in the game with Balotelli and accused the former Inter striker of breaking his nose on purpose.

It's reported the ban could be anywhere from five to eight matches, if there is any punishment.