Sunday March 20 2011
De Rossi: 'I accept Italy exclusion'

Daniele De Rossi concedes “Cesare Prandelli does not owe me an explanation. I accept my exclusion from the Italy squad” on disciplinary reasons.

The Roma midfielder has been dropped for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly with Ukraine.

He, and Mario Balotelli, broke the ‘code of ethics' by receiving bans for violent conduct during their club outings in Europe.

“I accept my exclusion from the Italy squad, because I know there is a code of ethics and the rules are there to be respected,” said De Rossi.

“I hope this will only be for these two games and I can return to the Azzurri soon. Prandelli does not owe me an explanation. There are rules, I broke them and it's right I am left at home.

“I said it was a blessing, as I could rest during the break, but that was just a joke to take some of the pressure off. It's true my tendon hurts and I picked up a knock, but I don't think it's anything serious.”

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