Former Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has accused the fans of Bastia of racism.
The Italy international, who moved to play in France with Nice on a loan deal, posted messages of his experience against racism on his Instagram handle.
“Yesterday the result against Bastia was right…we will work more and try to get our objective..the referee was good too but I have a question for French people…Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise and ‘uh uh’ for the whole game and no one of the ‘commissions discipline’ say nothing?,” Balotelli posted.
“So racism is LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia? Football is an amazing sport..those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible,” he added.
Bastia has a history of racism. They lost two points in the 2007/08 French League season after fans abused a Libourne St Serin player in a Ligue 2 clash. It is unknown if Balotelli filed official complaints about the matter or if the Discipline Commission would pick up the matter following the traction the subject is getting on social media. At the moment, officials from the French League, Nice or Bastia have not commented on the matter.
Balotelli seem to be reborn this term in Nice. He has been crucial to the position of the club in the Ligue 1. Nice top the League after garnering 46 points in 21 matches. They are giving the rest of the French elite clubs a run for their money this term.
On the other hand, Bastia are struggling as they are 15th with 21 points. Further points deduction would place them on relegation risk.