Mario Balotelli was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle during what was probably his last game for Olympique Marseille.
The Italy international had only come on as a substitute against Montpellier 29 minutes earlier when he lunged in from behind at defender Daniel Congré.
It was two-footed, it was high and it caught his opponent’s leg in a scissor motion.
This was his fourth red card since joining Ligue 1 in 2016-17, playing for OGC Nice and since January Marseille.
No other striker has been dismissed as many times in all top five European leagues during that period.
Marseille nonetheless beat Montpellier 1-0.
It was not a good day for the other Italians in France, as Paris Saint-Germain lost 3-1 away to Stade de Reims with Gianluigi Buffon in goal and Marco Verratti in midfield.
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