Italy bad boy Mario Balotelli is in the news again, and you guessed right – it’s for something rather unsavoury.
The striker’s career in Ligue 1 side Nice may be brought to an early as he’s facing a lengthy ban for using cuss words about French referees after a game weekend.
Audio of the Italian’s complaint could be heard just off-camera as he vented his frustration after being booked for a clash with Bouna Sarr during Nice’s 2-1 loss to Marseille on Sunday, Goal writes.
Appearing to suggest he is being singled out by Ligue 1 officials, Balotelli said (in English): “Every time, fucking French referees, every time.”
The incident draws parallels to one in 2015, when former Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was caught on camera referring to France as a ‘shit country’ following perceived referee’s error.
The big Swede later apologised for his outburst but was still handed a four-match ban.
This could see Balotelli – who is expected to move on in the summer transfer window – face the same fate, although Nice have only two matches left to play.
Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Balotelli has revived his career somewhat since his move to Ligue 1, racking up 23 goals this season.
But he has also amassed 13 yellow cards and one red during the course of this season.