Balotelli booked ‘for protesting racist chants’

Italy striker Mario Balotelli was allegedly booked for complaining to the referee about racist chants during Nice’s 3-2 defeat to Dijon on Saturday.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool star spoke to the official in the 72nd minute after home fans reacted when he missed a scoring opportunity.

Balotelli first put his finger to his mouth in front of the fans, then complained to the referee Nicolas Rainville.

The referee than showed Super Mario a yellow card.

The club later complained about the incident on their Twitter account, while Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivere protested the refereeing, commenting that Nice had been “playing 11 against 12.”

Dijon won the game 3-2 thanks to two goals from Julio Tavares and a later winner from Kwon Chang-hoon after Nice had fought back to take the lead.