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Balotelli furious after alleged racial abuse at Bastia

14:16 GMT+3 21/01/2017
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After Nice's poor draw at Stade Armand Cesari on Friday, the furious striker condemned the home fans for apparently making monkey chants at him

Mario Balotelli has launched a scathing attack on Bastia supporters, claiming they racially abused him during Nice's 1-1 draw in Ligue 1 on Friday.

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Balotelli played the full 90 minutes at Stade Armand-Cesari and on Saturday took to Instagram to express his anger at alleged abuse he received from the home fans during the match.

The former AC Milan, Liverpool and Manchester City striker claims "monkey" noises were directed towards him, and brandished the situation "horrible".

Along with a solid black image, he posted: "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 noises and 'uh uh' for the whole game and no one of the 'commissions discipline' says anything? So is racism LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia?

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"Football is an amazing sport .. those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible!"

Lucien Favre's side returned to the top of the table thanks to Arnaud Souquet's equaliser, the defender cancelling out Prince Oniangue's opener for Bastia who were reduced to 10 men just after the hour.

Their stay at the top could be short-lived, however, as Nice will slip back to second should Monaco beat Lorient on Sunday, while Paris Saint-Germain can move within a point with victory over Nantes later on Saturday.