Mario Balotelli was booked by Nicolas Rainville during the second half

Mario Balotelli “should be be given added protection by referees” rather than being booked for complaining about alleged racist chants, says anti-discriminatory body Fare.

Nice striker Balotelli was given a yellow card by referee Nicolas Rainville after protesting to him about fans in his side’s 3-2 defeat at Dijon.

“The French league is one of the most diverse in Europe and so one would expect referees to understand and act seriously after players complain about racism,” said Fare.

The LFP, which oversees the top two leagues in French football, is investigating the incident, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.