Monkey chants at black players is still a thing in France

PARIS – A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans if racism was “legal in France” after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team’s 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday, prompting a French League investigation.


The Italian posted a message on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying the incident was a “real shame”

In a statement on their website, Nice gave their full support to Balotelli, adding that stones had been thrown at their team bus ahead of the game.

“We are … shocked to learn of the behaviour towards their players, especially Balotelli. The club congratulates them for remaining calm and not reacting and give them their full support,” Nice said in a statement on their website (

The French League (LFP) said it would investigate the “incidents” in its next disciplinary commission meeting on Thursday.

Bastia were docked two points by the LFP in the 2007-08 season after fans racially abused a Libourne St Serin player during a Ligue 2 game.

Bastia did not respond to an email from Reuters.

Nice are top of the Ligue 1 standings with 46 points from 21 games. Bastia are 15th on 21 points.



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