Cesare Prandelli will call Mario Balotelli against Denmark and Armenia despite his ban. “He has paid for his actions.”
The Italy Coach had taken to dropping players who were suspended for breaking the ‘code of ethics,’ so Balotelli’s three-match ban for insulting the referee would fall into that remit.
However, Prandelli today assured there is no need to freeze the Milan striker out of his squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers.
“Balotelli sat out his ban and paid for his actions, so not calling him for Italy would be adding further punishment to the one he already had,” the Coach told TG1.
“Milan were exemplary in not appealing against the ban. Am I angry with Mario? Yes, like all those who care about him are.”
Italy have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup, but play their final games against Denmark and Armenia later this month.
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