Kick It Out slam Balotelli booking over racism complaint - FCNaija
Ligue 1 By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/02/2018
Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out have condemned Mario Balotelli’s booking for complaining about alleged racist chanting during Nice’s defeat at Dijon on Saturday.The former Manchester and Inter Milan striker was spotted gesturing to the crowd while talking to the referee, Nicolas Rainville, during the second half of the Ligue 1 match only to then be cautioned for his actions.Following the decision by a referee to caution Mario Balotelli for complaining to the referee about alleged racist chants during Nice’s fixture against Dijon on Saturday (10 February), Kick It Out has released the following statement."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.
"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
Nice later tweeted a picture of Rainville booking Balotelli with a caption that said he was given the yellow card for “getting annoyed with racist insults from the public."The Nice president, Jean-Pierre Rivère, hit out at the standard of refereeing, telling the club’s official website: “I am
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