Mario Balotelli was sent off for the third time this season in Ligue 1 as Nice leapfrogged Paris Saint-Germain into second place in the table after a 1-0 win at bottom club Lorient.
Balotelli, a free signing from Liverpool last summer, was shown a straight red card for dissent in the 68th minute.
From initial video replays, it seemed difficult to ascertain what Balotelli did wrong other than backing into Lorient defender Zargo Toure with his arms up as they challenged for a ball.
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Mario Balotelli has responded positively to the "kick up the backside" of being benched, Nice teammate Yoan Cardinale has told media.
Balotelli made a strong start to life in France following his summer move from Liverpool, scoring six goals in his opening five Ligue 1 matches to help his new club top Ligue 1.
Nice's title challenge has faded as Balotelli's form has dipped with just three goals coming from his next eight league games, leading to coach Lucien Favre naming him among the substitutes...