Italy Coach Prandelli warns Balotelli over behaviour

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has warned Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to curb his behaviour after leaving the striker out of the Italy squad for the defeat against the United States on Wednesday, the Manchester Evening News has revealed.

Prandelli said: “When Balotelli begins to behave well he will get a call-up. A great player must be able to face provocation and should not react. He can still have an extraordinary career but there is no justification for certain types of behaviour.

Balotelli was dropped after receiving a four-match ban for stamping on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker. The suspension came after Balotelli was sent off against Liverpool, leaving City manager Roberto Mancini without his charge for eight games. Balotelli was also sent off twice last season, his first in English football, and picked up 11 yellow cards.

Without Balotelli Prandelli chose Sebastian Giovinco, the Parma forward, and Juventus’ striker Alessandro Matri, to lead the line against Jurgen Klinsmann’s American side. Italy were defeated 1-0 in Genoa, Fulham striker Clint Dempsey scoring the only goal of the game as the 2006 World Cup winners fell to a first ever defeat by the United States.

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