Tuesday November 5 2019
Gravina: 'Balotelli call extraordinary'

FIGC chief Gabriele Gravina says it would be “an extraordinary message to the world” if Italy called up Mario Balotelli.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported this morning that Roberto Mancini was considering a recall for Balotelli, in light of the striker getting his head down at Brescia and establishing himself in their first team.

However, Gravina believes it would also put out a bold statement for Italy’s fight against racism, given the 29-year-old was racially abused by Verona fans at the weekend.

“I hope Balotelli actively participates in the national team soon,” he told reporters.

“it would be an extraordinary message to the world, to people who think about putting off their opponents by making expressions of that kind.

“Mario, together with all his teammates, would be a very beautiful image. I’ve never influenced Mancini’s choices because I have neither the ability nor the power to do so.

“He knows very well what to do and, given his sensitivity, he will make all the necessary considerations.

“Balotelli is Italian, I’m with him all the way: he’s shown to have a more-than-Italian level of sensitivity.

“I know him well, I’m particularly fond of him. What’s appeared on the outside isn’t the soul of Mario Balotelli.

“He’s a very good boy and he must let his artistic talent come through.”

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