Mario Balotelli Sent Off SEVEN Minutes After Coming On As A Substitute, After Insulting The Referee During Brescia’s Draw Against Cagliari

Mario Balotelli sent off SEVEN minutes after coming on as a substitute, after insulting the referee during Brescia’s draw against CagliariMario Balotelli was centre of attention for all the wrong reasons again on SundayThe Brescia striker was substituted into the game against Cagliari on 74 minutes Just seven minutes later, he was shown a yellow for fouling Fabio Pisacane Balotelli turned around and began swearing at the official, earning him a red  Both struggling sides were desperate for a win, but ended the game level at 2-2  

By Toby Miles For Mailonline

Published: 12:30 EST, 19 January 2020 | Updated: 14:01 EST, 19 January 2020

Mario Balotelli’s cameo lasted just seven minutes on Sunday, as the experienced Italian was sent-off for lashing out at the referee in Brescia’s 2-2 draw with Cagliari on Sunday.

The former Manchester City striker was sent on to make an impact after 74 minutes, with the Lombardy side pushing for a winner. Eugenio Corini would have been hoping for something more positive, though.  

In the 81st minute, Balotelli clattered Fabio Pisacane to earn him a yellow card. He reacted angrily, began swearing and insulting the referee, before being shown an immediate second yellow card. 

Mario Balotelli saw red on Sunday after just seven minutes on the pitch for Brescia 

In the 81st minute, the Italian launched himself into a challenge on Cagliari’s Fabio Pisacane

The striker saw yellow, before launching a tirade at the referee, earning a red card 

Brescia battled to hold on in the final nine minutes to secure a point, but a suspension for their star striker and another draw is the last thing they need – with the Serie A side battling relegation. 

Balotelli earned his 12th career dismissal, making it five seasons since he last made it through a league campaign without seeing red. 

The striker has five goals in 15 games this season, and late last year looked like he would be forcing a move away from his boyhood club. 

Balotelli started on the bench because as he was suffering from an illness 

He has been the target of several racist incidents in Italy this season, stormed out of training after clashing with his manager in November and has reportedly not enjoyed engaging in a relegation fight. 

He joined on a free transfer from Marseille only this summer, but Galatasary were reportedly interested in landing the big forward. 

However, he has insisted he is ‘committed’ to Brescia and would be staying, but this latest controversial moment is no help in the newly promoted side’s battle. 

Balotelli has had a turbulent season, and does not look to be enjoying the relegation scrap