LIGUE 1

Mario Balotelli has Nice red card overturned and can play Lyon

The Italian striker received a second yellow card in his last game against Lorient however the referee has since changed his mind freeing up the player for the next Ligue 1 game.

Mario Balotelli has Nice red card overturned and can play Lyon
VALERY HACHE AFP

Nice news as red overturned

French side Nice have been handed some good news during the international break as striker Mario Balotelli's red card has been overturned. This means that, as well as being rested, he can play in the clubs next match.

Mario Balotelli leaves the pitch against Lorient after receiving a red card.

Referee changes his mind

The Italian striker was sent off in stoppage time in Nice's 2-1 win over Lorient on Sunday that kept his new club on top of Ligue 1 and unbeaten after eight games. But the second yellow card that led to his sending-off, shown for an apparent altercation with the Lorient defender Steven Moreira, was wiped out after the match referee admitted his error. Balotelli will therefore be able to play when Nice entertain Lyon on Friday, October 14, providing a massive boost to Lucien Favre's side.

Mario sees yellow...and worse was to follow in the game.

Impressing early on

The former Liverpool player had netted a brilliant late winner against Lorient shortly before being dismissed, taking him to six goals from five appearances since moving to the Cote d'Azur at the end of August.