Friday October 11 2013
‘There is no Balotelli case’

Giancarlo Abete says that he ‘does not feel disappointed’ by Mario Balotelli’s believed request to leave the Italy camp due to injury.

The Milan man is a doubt to feature for the Azzurri in Friday night’s World Cup qualifier with Denmark and was understood to have asked to leave the training camp.

On from Coach Cesare Prandelli denying the situation, FIGC President Abete has also played down the significance of the reports.

“Balotelli is not a case,” Abete commented this week.

“Balotelli is a guy who attracts all the media attention, but his relationship with the national team is frank, clear and solid.

“I did not feel disappointed by his request. We can all improve and so can he.”

Abete was asked for his view on the continued unrest among Italy’s football fans for Milan’s stadium ban for ‘territorial discrimination’.

“You need to find the right overview. We need to isolate individuals who go to the stadium only for violent acts and distinguish light hearted teasing from discrimination and racism.”