The Italian striker was sent off against Bordeaux on Wednesday, and his manager has hinted that Ligue 1 leaders Nice may review the red card
Nice head coach Lucien Favre has hinted the Ligue 1 leaders may appeal Mario Balotelli’s red card against Bordeaux on Wednesday.
The striker, who has 10 goals in 14 matches across all competitions this season, was sent off for a kick on Igor Lewczuk in second-half stoppage time of the 0-0 draw, though replays suggested the defender’s reaction was exaggerated.
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Nice also lost Younes Belhanda to a red card as Francois Kamano’s theatrical reaction to a kick on the back of the leg from the midfielder sparked a confrontation between the two sets of players in an ill-tempered conclusion.
On Balotelli’s sending off, Favre said: “I look forward to seeing the pictures. We’ll see if there’s a fault.
“In the end, I was disappointed after these two red cards because it will mean some matches [missed].
“As for the level of collective performance, it was not bad. There was a bit of fatigue, we just played 10 matches in 31 days, that’s the limit.
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“It’s Christmas. We’re a winter champion, it’s beautiful. We must continue like that, there is work ahead of us.
“For the moment we enjoy, the parties are coming.”