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But after dropping points in Corsica against their hated rivals they are now just a point ahead of second-placed Monaco and Balotelli revealed that the home fans had racially abused him throughout the Ligue 1 encounter. Or only in Bastia? Football is an awesome sport, but people like Bastia supporters make it awful.

However, regardless of his on-field scraps, it's disgraceful that Balotelli still has to deal with this type of incident.

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

Racism has no place in football and French authorities should now take drastic measures to stamp it out i.e. ban those Bastia supporters who abused Balotelli. Balotelli wrote, referencing the French league's disciplinary committee.

Before the match, Nice's team bus had been pelted by stones as it arrived at the stadium. The governing body also said it "condemns with the strongest firmness those who took part in these actions, who have no place inside a football stadium".

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Balotelli played a full 90 minutes at the Armand Cesari and while he failed to get on the scoresheet, he still made headlines the morning after.

Bastia has not yet responded to Balotelli's claim.

This has not been the first time that the striker has been the subject of racist abuse, in 2013 he threatened to "leave the pitch" if he was racially abused by Roma supporters while playing for AC Milan.

Balotelli joined from Liverpool on a free transfer in August and has scored eight league goals in 10 games to help Nice challenge for the title.

Nice now trail league leaders Monaco by two points after 21 matches, their 1-1 draw was enough to leave them prematurely first but Monaco's 4-0 rout of FC Lorient on Sunday put them back top.


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