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 By Ian Holyman

Mino Raiola: We'll cut out Mario Balotelli's tongue after sending off

Julien Laurens says Mario Balotelli not only needs to rebound from his red card, but needs to step up his overall effort.
FC's Gab Marcotti reviews Mario Balotelli's sending off against Lorient, and why his form has dropped so drastically.
Wylan Cyprien's second goal in three matches helped Nice overcome Mario Balotelli's red card in a win at Lorient.

Mario Balotelli's agent has joked that the only way to stop the Nice striker from getting into trouble because of what he says is to "cut his tongue out."

Balotelli was sent off for swearing at referee Tony Chapron during the win at Lorient last weekend, the second red card of his Ligue 1 career so far.

And agent Mino Raiola told RMC: "I have already found the solution -- we're going to cut his tongue out.

"To play football, you don't need a tongue, so we're going to cut it out.

"Seriously though,...

 By Ian Holyman

Younes Belhanda sets sights on permanent stay with Nice

Younes Belhanda has helped Nice to third place in the French top flight.

Younes Belhanda has said he would love to extend his stay at Nice and believes there is "everything here to be successful."

Belhanda, who came to prominence as an integral part of Montpellier's 2011-12 Ligue 1 title win, joined on loan from Dynamo Kiev in the summer after a spell at Schalke last season.

The Morocco international has contributed three goals and as many assists in 20 Ligue 1 appearances, helping Lucien Favre's men mount a surprise title challenge.

And he told Nice-Matin he is keen...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mario Balotelli gets suspended ban for insulting ref; Bastia punished for abuse

Julien Laurens says Mario Balotelli not only needs to rebound from his red card, but needs to step up his overall effort.
FC's Gab Marcotti reviews Mario Balotelli's sending off against Lorient, and why his form has dropped so drastically.
Mario Balotelli got his third red card for Nice, for what seems to be dissent after the ref ignored his claims for a foul.

Nice's Mario Balotelli was handed a suspended ban on Thursday for insulting a referee, while Bastia were also punished for their fans' racist abuse aimed at the striker last month.

Balotelli received his third red card of the season last week after insulting Tony Chapron in English, the referee said.

The forward will be suspended for Nice's Ligue 1 encounter with Montpellier on Friday, and the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) said he will receive a ban for an additional game for any further...

 By Ben Gladwell

Mario Balotelli Italy recall put in doubt by national team manager

Julien Laurens says Mario Balotelli not only needs to rebound from his red card, but needs to step up his overall effort.
FC's Gab Marcotti reviews Mario Balotelli's sending off against Lorient, and why his form has dropped so drastically.
Wylan Cyprien's second goal in three matches helped Nice overcome Mario Balotelli's red card in a win at Lorient.
Mario Balotelli got his third red card for Nice, for what seems to be dissent after the ref ignored his claims for a foul.
After Mario Balotelli's glowing start at Nice, Julien Laurens explains why things seem to be falling apart.

Italy's team manager Gabriele Oriali has said "it's best if we talk about [Mario Balotelli] as little as possible, for everybody's sake," after the Nice striker was overlooked for a two-day training camp with the Squadra Azzurra this week.

Twenty two fringe players -- mainly consisting of youngsters -- were selected by Italy coach Giampiero Ventura for a get-together in Coverciano less than a month before he picks his next squad for a World Cup qualifier with Albania and international friendly against...

 By Ian Holyman

Nice 'really need' Mario Balotelli in the team - Dante

Julien Laurens says Mario Balotelli not only needs to rebound from his red card, but needs to step up his overall effort.
FC's Gab Marcotti reviews Mario Balotelli's sending off against Lorient, and why his form has dropped so drastically.
Wylan Cyprien's second goal in three matches helped Nice overcome Mario Balotelli's red card in a win at Lorient.
Mario Balotelli got his third red card for Nice, for what seems to be dissent after the ref ignored his claims for a foul.
After Mario Balotelli's glowing start at Nice, Julien Laurens explains why things seem to be falling apart.

Dante has defended Mario Balotelli and said he was "surprised" by his Nice teammate's red card in the victory at Lorient on Saturday.

Balotelli was sent off for a third time in just 14 league appearances for Nice 68 minutes into his club's 1-0 win in Brittany.

Match referee Tony Chapron said Balotelli had aimed a "classic" English insult at him during the game, prompting the official to dismiss him.

The Italy international was also sent off in his club's game at Bordeaux just before Christmas and...