January 6, 2017 / 7:39 AM / a year ago

Nice striker Balotelli banned for two matches

(Reuters) - Mario Balotelli has been banned for two games after being sent off near the end of Nice’s 0-0 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux on Dec. 21, Ligue 1’s disciplinary said on Thursday.

Football Soccer - Girondins Bordeaux v Nice - French Ligue 1 - Stade Matmut Atlantique, 21/12/2016. Mario Balotelli of Nice (L) reacts during his match against Girondins Bordeaux. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The 26-year-old was shown a straight red card for kicking Bordeaux defender Igor Lewczuk.

The Italian international will miss the Ligue 1 leaders’ games against Lorient on Sunday and Metz on Jan. 15.

Nice coach Lucien Favre was handed a suspended two-match ban for his behaviour towards match officials following the game against Bordeaux.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia, additional reporting by Daniel Lourenco in Gdynia; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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