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Prandelli defends Balotelli after gesture

27 January 2014 13:40

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has defended Milan's Mario Balotelli following his yellow card for a gesture towards the home fans at Cagliari.

Balotelli was cautioned by referee Daniele Doveri for unsporting behaviour after scoring an 87th-minute equaliser in Sunday's game, which Clarence Seedorf's men went on to win 2-1 thanks to Giampaolo Pazzini's late header.

The booking will see Balotelli miss Milan's next Serie A match at home to Torino through suspension, and he was fined for a similar incident against Inter in February last year.

However, Prandelli, who manages the former Manchester City forward at international level, insisted Balotelli still has his full support, while also praising the way new Milan coach Clarence Seedorf handled the situation.

"Balotelli will learn. He will need much love, he is a guy who we grant much to and who for Milan is important," the 56-year-old said.

"I believe that Seedorf has said the right things and that with his help we can pull out the good things that Mario has inside.

"With Balotelli, Seedorf has used the right words. I'm not sure if he will have a lot of patience for him, but definitely a lot of love, because he is a boy who we hold very dear.

"Will he never learn? He will learn, he will learn."

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Milan

L L L L W
Competition
Serie A
Date
26 January 2014
Game week
21
Kick-off
15:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Stadio Sant'Elia (Cagliari)
Attendance
5000

Goals

M. Sau 28'
(assist by M. Pinilla) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
1 - 2
89' G. Pazzini
 (assist by K. Honda)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
14
15
13
29
5 60'
21
20
7 89'
51
9 28'
Coach: D. López

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22 85'
16
10
24
26
34
38
# Player Bookings
11 89'
4
20
5
14
21
24
35
59

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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