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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

D W L W D

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

Friday 26 December

Thursday 25 December

Wednesday 24 December

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20:39
20:18
19:08
18:35
17:52
17:20
17:07
16:30
16:04
15:45
15:28
15:04
14:59
14:49
14:24
13:43
13:31
13:16
12:49
12:46
12:28
11:53
11:05
11:04
10:25
09:54
08:24
06:14
02:25
01:08
00:44

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27
6 16 +6 26
7 16 +7 25
8 16 +8 24
9 16 -2 22
10 16 -4 22
11 16 +2 21
12 16 -4 20
13 16 -5 17
14 16 -6 17
15 16 -9 17
16 16 -7 16
17 16 -10 15
18 16 -8 12
19 16 -17 9
20 16 -20 6

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