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Balotelli: I´m really sorry

26 September 2013 20:52

Milan striker Mario Balotelli has apologised to his team-mates and referee Luca Banti for his behaviour in Sunday's loss at Napoli.

The 23-year-old forward was given a straight red card after the final whistle of Milan's 2-1 defeat at San Siro for abusing Banti.

Balotelli had earlier missed a penalty – his first failure to score from the spot in his career – and picked up a yellow card, while he also scored a late consolation goal.

The Italian was suspended for three matches for his conduct and expressed his disappointment in his actions on Thursday.

Balotelli told Sky Sports 24: "I'm really sorry for my team-mates, who train with me and give their best every single day.

"I'm sorry mainly for them. I also apologise to the fans, who really are amazing and the club itself. The referee, you say? I apologise to him as well for the words I've said.

"I shouldn't have reacted that way. It's just that with Napoli was the same old story: every time I'm fouled it doesn't matter but if I do half a thing, God forbid!

"I know I should be more calm and hold tight in certain situations. I made a mistake, I was provoked and I fell for it.

"Mario has made a mistake and now Mario apologies to everyone."

Balotelli has scored five goals in eight matches in all competitions for Milan this season.

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Milan

L L W D L

1 - 2

Competition
Serie A
Date
22 September 2013
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance
51384

Goals

0 - 1
6' M. Britos
 (assist by Albiol)
0 - 2
54' G. Higuaín
 (assist by C. Zúñiga)
M. Balotelli 90'+1
(assist by M. Niang) 
1 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
32
28
5
17
20
4
14
34 67'
16 62'
9
45 57' 61' 90+1' 90+4'
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
78
23
1
21
24
33
35
81

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +35 49
2 20 +18 42
3 20 +11 36
4 20 +13 34
5 20 +8 34
6 20 +9 31
7 20 +3 28
8 20 +0 27
9 20 -2 27
10 20 +3 26
11 20 +3 26
12 20 -4 25
13 20 -4 25
14 20 -10 24
15 20 -10 20
16 20 -7 19
17 20 -11 19
18 20 -10 18
19 20 -21 12
20 20 -24 9

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