‘Balo’ was hit with a three-game suspension earlier this week by the Italian FA.
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Roberto Mancini has pleaded with controversial AC Milan front man Mario Balotelli to start controlling his temper better, or else he will find himself spending yet more time sitting in the stands following his latest ban, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The mercurial Italy international has just been handed a three-match suspension after confronting referee Luca Banti after the final whistle following the Rossoneri’s 2-1 defeat in Serie A to Naploi at San Siro on the weekend.
Balotelli, who had earlier both missed the first-ever spot kick of his career thanks to a brilliant save from visiting keeper Jose Manuel Reina, before the 23-year-old then brought his team back into the contest with a sensational long-range curler, was charged with making “insulting and intimidating comments” towards the man in the middle.
And now his former manager from his time at both Inter Milan and Manchester City, as well as his mentor, has warned Balotelli that unless he begins to better control his volatile temper on the pitch, then he is danger of ruining his career at the top level.
Mancini, who himself was renowned for being a hot-headed forward during his stellar career in Serie A, is now worried that opposition defenders all around the world know just how to wind Balotelli up.
“All the defenders in the world know that it only takes two kicks to see him (Balotelli) lose his mind and hence, they do that,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“There is only one way to end this and that is for Mario to learn to resist those anger attacks.
“He must break that spiral. If word spread that he no longer reacted to that, then he would not be a target.
“In England I had to have words with some of the players that marked him. That happened on occasions where they were clearly provoking him.
“But more or less, everyone tries to have him sent off.”