Mario Balotelli got new Italy coach Roberto Mancini off to a winning start by scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in a pre-World Cup friendly in Saint Gallen on Monday.
Mario Balotelli was booked for gesticulating angrily at the crowd in the game on Saturday.
Balotelli was booked for gesticulating angrily at the crowd in the game on Saturday. He then complained to the referee that he had been subjected to racist abuse.
Nice Matin said Balotelli's booking was for his reaction to the Dijon fans, after which he had "alerted the fourth official to the alleged abuse".
Mario Balotelli, who played for Liverpool for two years, said he did not like methods and personality of the English club's coaches Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp
Mario Balotelli, on loan from Premier League side Liverpool, has not played for Inter Milan since September 27 because of a groin injury and underwent surgery in November. He has appeared in just four games this season, scoring once.
Mario Balotelli underwent a successful surgery to resolve a groin problem and will be out of Serie A action with AC Milan for another month.
Mario Balotelli, who has made only four appearances since re-joining Milan on loan from Liverpool earlier this season, has been sidelined for over a month with the problem and travelled to Denmark on Monday for a consultation with a leading specialist, Professor Per Holmich.
Italy were beaten finalists at Euro 2012 but the Azzurri failed to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup. At Brazil 2014, Mario Balotelli became one of several scapegoats in an underperforming Italy side.
Mario Balotelli is expected to start on the bench, at best, after missing several training sessions this week due to a slight muscle injury while playmaker Keisuke Honda missed training on Thursday with flu.
Mario Balotelli says he is a changed man now. The AC Milan scored one goal in his club's 3-2 win over Udinese in Italian.
Mario Balotelli scored in his second stint at AC Milan after having left Liverpool.
Sir Alex Ferguson has also revealed that he had expressed interest in signing up Mario Balotelli but decided that it was too big a risk.
Over the years Balotelli has come across as a player who loses his mind easily, which has led to red cards in matches and even long suspensions.
Mario Balotelli left Serie A side Milan for Liverpool a year ago, but is back on a 12-month loan deal following a disastrous spell at the English Premier League (EPL) club.
Mario Balotelli, who left Liverpool, to come back to AC Milan, is ready to knuckle down as he bids to fulfill his dying father's wish of playing for Italy.
The 25-year-old said he would learn from his mistakes and make the most of his second chance at AC Milan after ending a poor season in the English Premier League (EPL) with Liverpool to secure a return to his homeland.
Mario Balotelli continues to divide fans and mystify the pundits who believe there is still so much more to come from a player whose controversies far outweigh his true achievements in the game.