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Balotelli blasts Bastia fans' 'monkey' chants

2017-01-21 16:07
Mario Balotelli (Supplied)
Mario Balotelli (Supplied)

Nice - Angry Nice striker Mario Balotelli accused Bastia fans of racially abusing him throughout Friday's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw in Corsica.

"Yesterday the result against Bastia was right... We will do more work to try to get our objective. The referee was good too," Balotelli wrote on his Instagram account, alongside the image of a black square.

"But I have a question for French people. Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise and 'uh uh' for the whole game and no one of the 'discipline commission' say anything?

"So is racism legal in France? Or only in Bastia? Football is an amazing sport... those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible! A real shame," he added.

The French league's disciplinary committee said it would look into the incidents at the Stade Armand-Cesari.

"From Thursday, the disciplinary committee will open a file of the match incidents based on the supplementary reports from officials and information provided by the clubs," the LFP said in a statement.

The league "deplores all the incidents that occurred during the game between Bastia and Nice", with the bus of visiting Nice - the league leaders - pelted with stones ahead of the clash between the two bitter Mediterranean rivals. 

Italian international Balotelli, who was born in Palermo as the son of Ghanaian immigrants before he was adopted, has suffered racist abuse several times during his career in both Italy and England.

In April 2015, British anti-discrimination body Kick It Out claimed Balotelli, then playing for Liverpool, had received more than 4 000 racist messages via social media during the 2014/15 season.

The 26-year-old was himself banned for one match and fined £25 000 in December 2014 after being found guilty of breaching English Football Association rules by posting a controversial image of Super Mario on Instagram.

He was charged by the FA over an image he reposted on the social media site that contained the words "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a jew" underneath a picture of the Nintendo games console character.

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