March 24, 2017

Mario Balotelli speaks out after suffering racist abuse against Bastia

24 January 2017, 12:40 | Wayne Allen

Ex-Bastia man Palmieri questions Balotelli racial abuse claims

Ex-Bastia man Palmieri questions Balotelli racial abuse claims

'Football is an unbelievable sport. those people like Bastia supporters make it terrible'.

The French league says it has viewed TV footage of some Bastia fans racially abusing Mario Balotelli during Friday night's match, amid complaints from the Nice striker that the league did not act quickly enough.

Bastia released a statement on Saturday evening expressing surprise at the allegations made by Balotelli.

Bastia denied the claims, saying in a statement: "It is with amazement that our club has been informed of these accusations, which represent considerable harm to the image of Bastia".

LFP said it "condemns with the strongest firmness those who took part in these actions, who have no place inside a football stadium".

Bastia said it was for the LFP to shed light on the incidents. LFP will review the matter on Thursday when the disciplinary committee meets, according to AP.

Italian global 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.

OGC Nice retweeted Balotelli's account on its Twitter page in a post that was shared more than 7,500 times. "We heard it in the warm-up and during the game". Commentators from broadcaster Canal Plus, which covered the game, made no mention of any racist abuse during the match.

Nice's bus was also pelted with rocks before the clash in Corsica.

Last weekend, they were held 0-0 at home by struggling Metz, with Balotelli suspended for that game.

In 2013, after being racially abused by Roma fans while playing for AC Milan, Balotelli said that if it happened again then he would leave the field.

But this morning he took to Twitter to reveal that he was the subject of racist abuse from some Bastia fans during the game.

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