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Balotelli 'booked for racist abuse complaint'

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was booked during Nice's 3-2 loss at for complaining about racist abuse, his French club and a have claimed.

A tweet from Nice at half-time in Saturday's match said Balotelli had "picked up a yellow card after... getting annoyed at fans' racist abuse".

in its match report said Balotelli "eyeballed and pointed his finger" at fans and "complained of racist abuse".

The newspaper said goalkeeper had tried to calm down a furious Balotelli telling him he "hadn't heard any racist chants", to which the Italian replied it was coming from "two or three supporters".

said Balotelli's booking was for his reaction to the fans, after which he had "alerted the fourth to the alleged abuse".

It would not be the first time Balotelli, 27, has been targeted by racist abuse, in and beyond.

Last season some Bastia fans hurled insults at the former Liverpool, Inter and AC forward, who is of Ghanian origin.

He was the target of racist chanting back in his homeland with Juventus fans accused numerous times, as well as Inter supporters when he was playing against his old club for their city rivals

Before Euro 2012, Balotelli had threatened to "walk off the pitch" if he was abused by fans in or

That came after the aired a documentary showing hardline ultra fans in both countries making Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

The was fined during that tournament for racist abuse by fans directed at Balotelli, while also investigated following their match with

In 2014, investigated offensive remarks directed at Balotelli on

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 21:45 IST