What We're Reading

Mancini Warns Balotelli to Control His Temper

Roberto Mancini has warned Mario Balotelli, who was handed a three-match ban for insulting the referee at the end of the Rossoneri’s 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Sunday night, to “control his anger, because everyone knows how to get him sent off.” Earlier in the week, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was similarly critical of Balotelli’s behavior, remarking that he has to “grow up.”

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Manchester City coach said: “His situation is a spiral, because now everyone knows how to get him sent off. It just takes a couple of kicks to make him lose his head and they behave accordingly. In England I did aim choice words at some of his markers, as at times the provocation was just so obvious. Whether they do it obviously or not, everyone is trying to get him kicked out.”

Mancini added: “There is only one way to get out of this spiral and that is for Mario to control his anger. He has to resist those outbursts of anger and break the pattern … It’s not easy to be Mario’s Coach, because when the rage isn’t messing him up then he does patiently listen to all your warnings, promising not to do it again, that he will hold back. As soon as a new flurry of anger takes hold, we’re back to square one."

Read the whole story at Football Italia »

2 comments about "Mancini Warns Balotelli to Control His Temper".
  1. Philippe Fontanelli, September 25, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.

    I have always said that Balotelli is an angry man. He hates the world and he hods everyone responsible....forever he is angry with (if you get my drift).
    He should be banned from the game as he is a terrible example of bad behavior for the soccer youth especially black youth.

  2. Philippe Fontanelli, September 25, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

    Balotelli must get above that he is not a black man but he is a soceer player above of all, of a country that has embraced him which he seems to hate passionately. He is ultra pejudice and while we do not support prejudism of any kind in our beautiful game why should we except a reverse prejudism and hatred of a player just because he is super talented. You can read his deep rooted anger in his face all th time and I find that disturbing. He should thank the beautiful game for the opportunity that gave him.

Next story loading loading..