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Balotelli: I'm really sorry

By Football News



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.