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FRENCH LIGUE 1

2017/2018 Season

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8 Bordeaux 10 5 11 35
9 Nice 10 5 11 35
10 Guingamp 9 7 10 34
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 By Ian Holyman

Alleged racist abuse of Mario Balotelli against Dijon to be investigated

Mario Balotelli's Nice lost 3-2 to Dijon.

The French Football League (LFP) has opened a formal investigation into alleged racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli last weekend with the final report to be published in mid-March.

The LFP had already announced it would look more closely at the facts surrounding Balotelli's claim that he was the target of monkey chants during Nice's 3-2 defeat at Dijon last weekend.

After their weekly sitting on Thursday, the LFP's Disciplinary Commission announced via its official website it had decided "to put...

 By Ian Holyman

Mario Balotelli racist abuse not heard by official during game at Dijon

Nice's Mario Balotelli alleged he was the victim of racist abuse during a game at Dijon.

The referee who booked Mario Balotelli after the Nice striker alleged he had been the victim of racist abuse has insisted he did not hear the insults.

Nicolas Rainville showed Balotelli a yellow card after the forward gestured to the crowd during Nice's 3-2 league defeat at Dijon last Saturday.

Balotelli said he had been the target of monkey chants from home fans, and the Disciplinary Commission of the French Football League (LFP) will open an investigation into the matter when it sits on Thursday.

In...

 By Ian Holyman

Referee who booked Mario Balotelli after alleged racism criticised

Mario Balotelli explains to referee Nicolas Rainville why he made the gesture.

The referee who booked Mario Balotelli for making a gesture toward Dijon fans after being subjected monkey chants is "doubly guilty" in the alleged racist abuse, a French body defending black rights has claimed.

The Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN) has made a complaint to police over the actions of referee Nicolas Rainville, who showed Balotelli the yellow card during Nice's Ligue 1 defeat at the weekend.

Balotelli had reportedly told Rainville he had reacted after he had been...

 By Ian Holyman

LFP investigates Mario Balotelli claim of racist abuse at Dijon

Mario Balotelli told members of the Nice delegation monkey chants had been aimed at him.

The French Football League (LFP) will investigate Mario Balotelli's allegation that he was a victim of racist abuse during Nice's defeat at Dijon on Saturday.

Balotelli told members of the Nice delegation that monkey chants had been aimed at him, and the LFP told AFP "the matter will be studied by the Disciplinary Commission" on Thursday.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker was booked by referee Nicolas Rainville for a gesture towards the crowd which he said had been provoked by the...

 By Ian Holyman

Kick It Out condemns Mario Balotelli's booking after racist abuse

Nice's Mario Balotelli talks with referee Nicolas Rainville during a Ligue 1 game at Dijon on Saturday.

Kick It Out have condemned the comments toward Mario Balotelli after the Nice forward claimed he had been the victim of racist abuse.

Balotelli received a yellow card from referee Nicolas Rainville after gesturing to the crowd during Nice's 3-2 defeat at Dijon in Saturday's Ligue 1 contest.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward complained that he had been targeted by racist comments.

The English anti-racism and discrimination organisation released a statement, noting that it has contacted...