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Tuesday March 22 2011
De Rossi and Balotelli 'will return'

Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli “will return to the Nazionale” after breaching the code of ethics, says FIGC President Giancarlo Abete.

The two players were dropped for this week's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly in Ukraine after disciplinary problems in their club games.

“We need consistent behaviour from those who represent Italy at international level and that led to the refusal to call some players,” commented Abete.

“However, it is not to be seen as a negative thing. De Rossi and Balotelli are two great champions of Italian football and will return to being key figures in the Nazionale.”

It is unclear how long the players will be barred from the Azzurri after breaching the code of ethics, which was introduced by Cesare Prandelli in October.

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