Mario Balotelli suffered racial abuse in Bastia, says Nice team-mate Alassane Plea

"Those people like Bastia supporters make it disgusting!"

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.

Footage released by Canal+ shows Bastia coach Francois Ciccolini asking Nice striker Mario Balotelli after Friday's game: "Do you think I'm scared of you?"

Bastia, however, hit back at Balotelli on Saturday saying they were "amazed" by the allegations.

The French Professional Football League (LFP) has announced it will investigate incidents from the game and said in a statement it "deplores all the incidents that occured during the SC Bastia - OGC Nice meeting".

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Bastia said it was for the LFP to shed light on the incidents.

The LFP's disciplinary committee confirmed they have will look into matter, and once more information has been revealed, a decision will be made.

Bastia are a French association club based on the island of Corsica. Balotelli wrote, referencing the LFP's disciplinary committee.

Balotelli, who was born in Palermo as the son of Ghanaian immigrants before he was later adopted, has suffered racist abuse several times during his career in both Italy and England.

Nice's official Twitter account shared Balotelli's message.

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Plea said: "We heard monkey noises in the warm-up and during the game".

"Okay it's significant but coming from a player like that, given the match he made, it should be made small".

Balotelli has been a key player for Nice this season, scoring eight league goals for Lucien Favre's high-flying side. "At the end of the game he (Balotelli) was very, very upset".

In 2013, after being racially abused by Roma fans while playing for AC Milan, Balotelli said that if it happened again then he would leave the field.

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