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More trouble for Mario Balotelli

  • AP, Monday, April 9, 2012 3:20 PM

Another sending-off has Mario Balotelli's inclusion on Italy's European Championship squad in doubt. Balotelli reportedly phoned national team coach Cesare Prandelli to apologize after he was sent off for lunging at Arsenal's Bakary Sagna in the Gunners' 1-0 victory Sunday. Prandelli could leave Balotelli out of the Italy squad as part of his new code of ethics if the 21-year-old doesn't apologize publicly. His red card against Arsenal was his fourth in two seasons with the English club.

“I’ll evaluate from the videos of the sending off whether or not to apply the code of ethics for Balotelli,” Prandelli said Monday.

Balotelli received a four-match suspension from the Premier League in January for stomping on Tottenham’s Scott Parker. Prandelli left him out of the squad for a friendly against the United States in February. Midfielder Daniele De Rossi and Argentine-born forward Pablo Osvaldo have also missed matches with Italy for disciplinary reasons since Prandelli introduced his code upon taking the Italy job in 2010.

After the match, City coach Roberto Mancini said he “was finished” with Balotelli. “I’m very sorry for him because he is losing his talent and his quality,” Mancini said. “He is in a bad way for his future, and he needs to change his behavior.”

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