WATCH: Mario Balotelli sent off for THIRD time this season

Could this be finally the last goodbye for football bad boy/cult hero Mario Balotelli?

Moving to Ligue 1 side Nice was supposed to be his last chance at a decent level of football, but the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker picked up his third red card of the season, and it may be his final straw at the club.

The Italian was given his marching orders in slightly bizarre circumstances, with the referee showing him a straight red card for dissent, though there didn’t look like much in it at all.

Watch the incident below…

Despite it being Balotelli’s third red card of the campaign, his manager Lucien Favre gave him a stay of execution by not blaming the striker for his actions.

After the game, he said: “I didn’t see what happened. Some words must have been said… I don’t know.

“Before every game, my final words in the changing rooms are to not get a red and not to give away a penalty.

“Mario had a good week in training, he was more involved, even if you need to back him up a lot because of him getting back into position.”

But three cards in the same season? Somehow we think it’s only a matter of time before we see Balotelli turning out for a Chinese Super League side…