Astonishing footage emerged over the weekend that showed SC Bastia manager François Ciccolini verbally abusing OGC Nice striker Mario Balotelli in the tunnel following a Ligue 1 match between the two sides last Friday.
Ciccolini spoke to RMC tonight to explain his actions:
“If he had insulted me, I would have said nothing. But you cannot insult my mother, who is 80 and did not do the job that Mr Balotelli was talking about. I am an educator. I lost my head, that is true. But my mother is 80 and she is not far from dying… That is why I got annoyed.”