Mario Balotelli hits out at Bastia fans after vile racial abuse
00:42, Jan 24, 2017
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Balotelli has been in good form for the French club, scoring 10 goals in 15 appearances for Nice since joining on a free transfer from Liverpool in August, two years after a £16million move to Merseyside.
Balotelli lambasted a "horrible" situation after Friday's game, alleging in an Instagram post that he was the subjected monkey noises from a section of the home supporters.
Later on Saturday, a French football association said it would investigate the incident. It has opened an investigation, starting with its disciplinary committee meeting on Thursday with more information to come from officials and both clubs.
"At the end of the game he [Balotelli] was very, very upset".
In it, the Nice striker questioned the legality of racism in France and Bastia, as well as the integrity of the LFP's disciplinary commission.
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Plea said: "We heard monkey noises in the warm-up and during the game".
The Bastia statement added: "Taking note of the LFP announcement of an inquiry, our club is now at the disposal of the authorities so that all light is shed on this type of behaviour, which is by its nature stupid and unacceptable". Football is an fantastic sport.
Lille came out strongly in support of Balotelli in a statement on that read: "OGC Nice, a victim with their buses being stoned pre-game, are outraged by the actions that occurred on Friday night against their players, and especially Mario Balotelli". Football is an fantastic sport, but people like Bastia supporters make it disgusting.
Balotelli, 26, the son of Ghanaian immigrants to Italy, concluded his post by writing in French that what happened was "une vrai honte", or a total disgrace. Massimiliano Allegri, Milan's coach at the time, made stinging comments against those who had racially abused Balotelli.
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