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Mario Balotelli Reportedly Suspended 3 Games for Cursing at Referee

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 9, 2013

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has reportedly been suspended for three matches after cursing at a referee during Sunday's draw with Fiorentina, according to Tancredi Palmeri on Tuesday. 

According to Football Italia, Serie A officials have added two matches onto Balotelli's one-match suspension which was assessed after he recorded his fifth yellow card in Sunday's 2-2 draw in Florence. The three-game suspension means that Balotelli will miss upcoming matchups with Napoli, Juventus and Catania this April.

The 22-year-old Italian star is incredibly talented when on top of his game, but is also known for his erratic play and personality on the pitch at times. 

Although Balotelli has world-class talent, his short temper can become a major issue. Whether he's arguing with an official on the pitch or making controversial news off it, Balotelli is seemingly always the center of attention, good or bad.

Balotelli, who signed with Milan this past January after playing two-and-a-half seasons with Manchester City in the English Premier League, has seven goals in eight Italian Serie A appearances for the club. He hasn't scored since St. Patrick's Day, though, netting two goals in a 2-0 win over Palermo.

He played a key role for Roberto Mancini's Citizens a year ago, helping lead City to the English Premier League title, scoring 13 goals in 14 starts and 23 appearances in 2011-12.

The 6'2" striker also has nine goals for the Italian national team since 2011.

 

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