Milan assistant Mauro Tassotti believes Mario Balotelli fully deserved to be red-carded following Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Napoli.
After missing a penalty and scoring a brilliant late consolation in the Serie A encounter at San Siro, the controversial striker angrily confronted referee Luca Banti at full-time.
Balotelli was subsequently sent off by Banti for using "insulting" language, with his indiscretion bringing a three-match that will see him miss games against Bologna, Sampdoria and Juventus.
And, after Milan revealed their intention to forgo the right to appeal, Tassotti has admitted Balotelli should have known better.
"What happened after the final whistle counts for nothing. The match was over and you cannot change anything then," Tassotti told Milan Channel.
"I was there at the meeting with the referees where the captains were also there and the outcome was that the players have to be more educated when they come to confronting the referee.
"You can ask them a question, but you cannot go too far and in this case Mario probably overstepped the mark and was in the wrong."
"I don’t know exactly what happened because I had headed down to the dressing room. We have to accept what happened and take the outcome as it stands."
Balotelli's suspension comes as a huge blow with the likes of Kaka, Riccardo Montolivo and Stephan El Shaarawy already sidelined by injury.
And Allegri conceded that he has little room for manoeuvre as Milan look to recover from a poor start to the campaign.
"It is always difficult to bounce back because we cannot afford anymore slip ups," Tassotti continued.
"We have made mistakes, but we can win games so let’s see how it turns out."
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