Balotelli Italian striker accuses Bastia fans of racial abuse

Janis ColeJan 24, 2017

"Football is an unbelievable sport. those people like Bastia supporters make it awful!"

"I always said that if it (racism) happened in the stadium I will just do like 'nobody says nothing and I don't care, '" Balotelli told CNN.

Mario Balotelli has hit out at Bastia fans, accusing them of racism after making "monkey noises" during Nice's Ligue 1 fixture on Friday.

Later on Saturday, it added that it was sending footage from BeIN Sport TV channel, showing some Bastia fans racially abusing Balotelli, to its disciplinary commission.

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It said: "Having never noticed nor been informed, either by referees, the delegates or any member of Nice of any incident of this type, it is with surprise that our club discovered these accusations, which carry considerable harm to the image of our club as a whole".

The French League and French Football Federation have not yet commented.

Bastia, however, added that it remains at the LFP's disposal "so that all light is shed" on "this type of behaviour, which is by nature stupid and unacceptable". Balotelli wrote, referencing the French league's disciplinary committee.

Balotelli, who was born in Palermo as the son of Ghanaian immigrants before he was later adopted, has suffered racist abuse several times during his career in both Italy and England. We heard it during the warmup [and] during the game as well, monkey chants.

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Before the match, Nice's team bus had been pelted by stones as it arrived at the stadium.

"Okay it's significant but coming from a player like that, given the match he made, it should be made small".

Last weekend, it was held 0-0 at home by struggling Metz, with Balotelli suspended for that game. The player was subject to racial abuse by Roma fans when he was contracted to play with AC Milan in 2013.

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